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Low-fat diet may be low in benefit
The Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2006 | ROB STEIN

Posted on 02/07/2006 9:47:42 PM PST by Dubya

WASHINGTON – Low-fat diets do not protect women against heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer or colon cancer, a major study has found, contradicting what has been promoted as one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle.

The eight-year study of nearly 50,000 middle-age and elderly women – by far the largest, most definitive test of cutting fat from the diet – did not find any clear evidence that it reduced their risks, undermining more than a decade of advice from many doctors.

The findings run contrary to the belief that had prompted health authorities to begin prominent campaigns to get people to eat less fat and the food industry to line grocery shelves with low-fat cookies, chips and other products.

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1 posted on 02/07/2006 9:47:45 PM PST by Dubya
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To: Dubya

bump


2 posted on 02/07/2006 9:49:59 PM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Dubya

Want to lose weight? Eat less. Don't believe me? Go get your stomach stapled.


3 posted on 02/07/2006 9:50:16 PM PST by umgud (uncompassionate conservative)
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To: All

I still do the Atkins.


4 posted on 02/07/2006 9:53:19 PM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya

Ok, I have done the research and ran the nubmers. My study proves conclusively that being born is the most dangerous thing that can happen to you. 100 percent of people who are born, die. Most of them die before they are 100 years old and all die before the reach 200 years old. We must stop births!/SAR


5 posted on 02/07/2006 10:14:50 PM PST by calex59 (seeing the light shouldn't make you go blind)
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To: Dubya
I still do the Atkins.

What is an Atkins. Is that a new workout machine like BowFlex?

I like artichokes in drawn butter mixed with garlic an lemmon, roast beef, mashed potatoes, with deep thick gravy, spinache drenched in butter and salt and pepper. Dessert is blueberry-apple pie with Breyer's vanilla ice cream and Creme Boulliet liquieur. And I weigh the same today, at 56, as I did 40 years ago.

This summer, we're going to have a lobster fest. Lobsters drenched in drawn butter, clams, egg salad, and cole slaw. A dozen bottles of Black Swan Chardonay. And a few pounds of strawberries with real whipped cream.

In between eating meals we eat NOTHING.

6 posted on 02/07/2006 10:50:47 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Dubya

Julia Child is vindicated once again!


7 posted on 02/07/2006 11:22:26 PM PST by SFmom
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To: Dubya

Think of all those people who have suffered for nothing.


8 posted on 02/07/2006 11:47:55 PM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Dubya
Now don't anybody go gettin' the idea that the scientific scare merchants have also jumped the shark with their flimsy global warming data. Nope, that theory's solid gold. </sarc>
9 posted on 02/08/2006 12:40:24 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Dubya

A little while ago I came to this conclusion on my own. From then on, natural fats in moderation and no more obsessing.

Then I went out and bought one of these:
http://www.leepots.com/french_butter_crock.html

(Got the two-stick version, fits a pack of Lurpak perfectly. Go Denmark!)


10 posted on 02/08/2006 2:40:15 AM PST by Eepsy
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To: Dubya

It won't be the nail in the coffin, as stated, as that will take another 20 years now for this to be turned around. As a nurse I have said for years that it's not the fat content, but the content of the fat that matters. I have a very high total cholesterol, but extremely high HDL. I eat all the eggs I want, red meat, whatever. I do avoid margarine, most cooking oils except olive oil and p-nut oil for my popcorn. I use olive oil or butter in all my baking, even use lard in my pie crusts. My doctor says that he couldn't ask for a better HDL/LDL ratio, so keep my diet the same.

What most people don't realize, too, is that low-fat products are very high in carbohydrate, which is converted to fat and stored in the body.


11 posted on 02/08/2006 4:03:21 AM PST by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: Dubya
To post#6. Thank the good Lord you have good genes. As for myself, I will try to stick with my low sat. fat and low carb. diet.
12 posted on 02/08/2006 4:32:32 AM PST by G-Man 1
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To: Dubya
I still do the Atkins.

Me too. I went years working nights, and eating high carb food. I got up to 400 (approx) Now I've been working days and doing atkins for almost 2 years. Now I'm under 220. I'm very happy with Atkins, but so strange eating green beans (w. flaxseed meal sprinkled on top) for Breakfast.

13 posted on 02/08/2006 5:48:58 AM PST by Sci Fi Guy
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To: Dubya

It seems like everything points to genetics. Prostate Cancer runs in my family and no matter how many Saw Palmetto supplements I take I wonder by what % my odds of getting the cancer will decrease. I am starting to think not very much.

Maybe this study will get Krispy Kreme stock moving again. The stock has tanked in the last few years as the low carb craze has persisted. While eating non fat foods may not decrease your odds of cancer, I still believe it impacts your weight. I'm no scientist, but I think carbs play 10 times the role in weight gain compared to fatty foods


14 posted on 02/08/2006 6:00:17 AM PST by ElRushbo (Harley Riders against Elton John)
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To: ElRushbo
We have noticed that the area Krispy Kreme is still quite busy. Krispy Kremes are also available in the grocery store, Walmart, and the various convenience stores. We have wondered if the trouble with Krispy Kreme is their business model. When they first hit the news and were not available here, we looked into their franchise arrangements. There were, at that point, no longer any US franchises available. All new stores were promised to existing franchise holders. Further research showed that the price of a franchise was somewhere north of US$700k just to open, with no information available on percentage royalties, et al. Immediately after that, they swamped the market in every region we visited.

Add to that we stopped eating them because they really aren't that great.
15 posted on 02/08/2006 6:43:09 AM PST by reformedliberal (Bless our troops and pray for our nation. I am thankful for both and for Free Republic..)
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To: reformedliberal

Krispy Kremes are only really good hot and fresh. otherwise they are just like any other doughnut.


16 posted on 02/08/2006 6:48:53 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong
Agreed. And they are terrible in the summer, when the icing runs and the dough gets soggy from it.

IMO, the best doughnuts ever are Spudnuts. There are no Spudnut shops left out here, but the recipe is all over the Internet.
17 posted on 02/08/2006 7:19:07 AM PST by reformedliberal (Bless our troops and pray for our nation. I am thankful for both and for Free Republic..)
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To: Dubya

Because of Type 2 diabetes I made some radical diet changes about 18 months ago. I cut out carbohydrates and now eat a diet that has a very high fat and fiber content. I also started to exercise more. I have lost weight and my cholesterol levels are so low my doctor regards me as his "poster patient". The net is that (in my case) weight loss and exercise were the key to lower cholesterol, in spite of high levels of fat in my diet.


18 posted on 02/08/2006 7:20:54 AM PST by Senator_Blutarski (No good deed goes unpunished.)
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To: reformedliberal

making doughnuts at home is a very messy job...


19 posted on 02/08/2006 7:22:42 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: calex59

Excellent argument for abortion--the most humane and loving thing one can do.


20 posted on 02/08/2006 7:27:29 AM PST by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (How long do we have to pretend that Democrats are patriots?)
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To: television is just wrong
If you have a deep fat fryer, there isn't much spatter. I am a compulsively neat cook who cleans up after every stage, so with a raised doughnut, there is time to clean up while the dough rises.

I don't do it often because we really don't need all those calories. But there are times on a cold winter weekend when my son & DIL are visiting when it is the perfect activity and we all participate. My DH is the household deep fry cook and the kids add the sugar or icing toppings.

Haven't tried to fill any, yet, but may do that next winter.
21 posted on 02/08/2006 7:50:03 AM PST by reformedliberal (Bless our troops and pray for our nation. I am thankful for both and for Free Republic..)
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To: reformedliberal

I just won't go there (frying) I remember my mother making doughnuts as a kid. she was a messy cook and did not clean up after herself. the kitchen was a real big mess when she finished...


22 posted on 02/08/2006 7:55:22 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong

NoWay!!! Krispy Kremes are the best!


23 posted on 02/08/2006 8:48:34 AM PST by tbird5
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To: tbird5

to each his own. I only like them when they are real warm and fresh out of the fryer.


24 posted on 02/08/2006 8:59:23 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: umgud
Want to lose weight? Eat less. Don't believe me? Go get your stomach stapled.

DING DING DING!!!! WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

It amazes me that with the myriad of weight-loss schemes out there, simply eating smaller portions seems to receive so little mention. I guess there's no money to be made in eating less food!

Eating less of whatever you want coupled with even a minimal amount of physical exertion will do wonders.

25 posted on 02/08/2006 9:08:38 AM PST by Drew68
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To: reformedliberal
Want to lose weight? Eat less. Don't believe me? Go get your stomach stapled.

Krispy Kreme donuts are overrated. The best donuts I've ever eaten in my life are from the King Soopers bakery. King Soopers is a supermarket chain located in the region around Colorado.

26 posted on 02/08/2006 9:12:09 AM PST by Drew68
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To: reformedliberal
oops! I forgot to copy your comment!

Add to that we stopped eating them because they really aren't that great.

:-)

27 posted on 02/08/2006 9:13:37 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Dubya

Which really points, if you can believe any of the competing studies, to what mom and grandma told us all as kids. Moderation, exercise, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables. Mediterranean diets achieve this. I have memories of my grandfather eating lard sandwiches. That's right, lard, sliced about 1/4 inch thick (ugh), on brown bread, sometimes with a thick slice of raw onion. He died at 92, after a misdiagnosis (he had pneumonia) sent him home instead of to the ICU.


28 posted on 02/08/2006 10:15:42 AM PST by fortunecookie
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Which really points, if you can believe any of the competing studies, to what mom and grandma told us all as kids.

I was about to say the same thing. Basically "Everything in Moderation". Boom, thats it. We are fatter as a society simply because we are eating more and exercizing less. Some of the new foods we eat (lots of trans-fats, basically artificial fats created in a lab) are also bad for us, go figure, we never evolved (and/or God never made us) to eat them. But even if you eat some of those "Bad for you" things, if you just eat less overall, you will be healthier, bottom line. The calorie reduction people are on to something.

29 posted on 02/08/2006 10:34:06 AM PST by Paradox (Liberalism is Narcissism.)
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To: calex59

-My study proves conclusively that being born is the most dangerous thing that can happen to you.-

Har! I agree! Folks keep looking for ways to avoid death, but it's always there somewhere. As soon as you're born, you're already headed for it. If you want to live forever, make yourself a good life and leave a legacy!


30 posted on 02/08/2006 11:02:07 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: Dubya

Pork fat STILL rules!!!


31 posted on 02/08/2006 11:06:28 AM PST by ryan71
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To: calex59

Ok, I have done the research and ran the nubmers. My study proves conclusively that being born is the most dangerous thing that can happen to you. 100 percent of people who are born, die. Most of them die before they are 100 years old and all die before the reach 200 years old. We must stop births!/SAR>>>>>>>>>>>

Your conclusion is beyond dispute! I do have a question though. What are nubmers?


32 posted on 02/08/2006 1:46:17 PM PST by RipSawyer (Acceptance of irrational thinking is expanding exponentiallly.)
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