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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eating Fat does not Raise Blood Cholesterol Levels

The following is part of an an abstract of a landmark study by Ancel Keys showing that you can eat all the fat you want, including saturated fat, and it won't raise your blood cholesterol levels: "It is concluded that in adult men the serum cholesterol level is essentially independent of the cholesterol intake over the whole range of natural human diets. It is probable that infants, children and women are similar." (Emphasis supplied.) Gary Taubes refers to this study in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories. The study is ironic in a way because Keys later went on to proclaim the value of a low fat diet. The reason why is explained in Taubes' excellent book. Keys made a serious mistake by supporting a low-fat diet, according to Taubes.

Diet and Serum Cholesterol in Man: Lack of Effect of Dietary Cholesterol. Ancel Keys, J. T. Anderson, Olaf Mickelsen, Sadye F. Adelson and Flaminio Fidanza. Journal of Nutrition Vol. 59 No. 1 May 1956, pp. 39-56.

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