LOW-FAT, BODY MAKES SATURATED FAT.txt
LOW-FAT, BODY MAKES SATURATED FAT
Report #6903; 9/9/96
Going on a low-fat diet that is also low in fiber and high in sugar
can kill you.
Recent research from the University of California/ Berkeley and
Rockefeller University show that low-fat diets can raise blood
levels of saturated fats and cholesterol, and therefore increase
your chances of suffering a heart attack. The researchers showed
that the body readily converts acetate units in food to saturated
fats in the bloodstream. This is extraordinary data because some of
the people on low-fat, low-fiber diets were not fat and did not gain
weight, but their livers still made large amounts of saturated fats
that form plaques in arteries. Previous data show that high-fat
diets increase your chances of dying from heart attacks and cancers.
This recent data show that low-fat diets can also shorten your life
if you do not eat extra fiber.
So, a healthful diet should include lots of fruits, vegetables,
whole grains and beans, and it should avoid high-fat foods, such as
meat, chicken and whole milk diary products,/ and low-fiber foods
such as all bakery products made from white flour. Instead of eating
bread, macaroni, bagels, spaghetti, pretzels, rolls and low-fat
pastries and pies, pastries and other products made from white
flour, you should try to eat whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth,
millet, wheat berries, rye berries, oat groats, buckwheat and kasha.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D., for CBS Radio News
Lisa Cooper Hudgins at Rockefeller University and Jules Hirsch at
Rockefeller University Hospital.