Low fat diet

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Eating a diet that is low in fat and high in nutritional value has long been advocated by many major US health organizations as a key component to staving off heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, and most other adult-onset chronic diseases.
A recent, long-term study, however, called into question the truth of these claims. The Harvard School of Public Health takes serious issue with low fat diets because they restrict consumption of all fats, rather than only the most harmful ones.
Advocates of low fat diets also encourage consumers to purchase reduced and no-fat versions of foods, even if those foods contain artificial sugars such as aspartame, or contain higher levels of calories.

Related Terms

Diet, low fat, low-fat.