A bit of fat is good for your heart: Study ANI Friday, January 30, 2004 Washington - A new study conducted at Penn State has found that although low-fat diets are recommended for a healthy heart, a moderate-fat weight loss diet reduced dieters' cardiovascular risk better than a low-fat diet. The moderate-fat diet, in which half the fat was monounsaturated fat from peanuts and peanut oil, produced a 14 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk. The low fat group experienced a nine percent improvement. Both the moderate and low fat diets were controlled so that all participants lost about the same amount of weight - approximately 2.4 to 2.7 pound a week on average. "While the low-fat diet successfully reduced risk factors during the weight loss phase of the study, those factors rebounded during the maintenance phase," Dr. Penny Kris- Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition, said. Fifty-three overweight or obese men and women participated in the study. All of the participants had total cholesterol levels elevated above 200 at the start of the dieting. They ate either a low-fat or moderate-fat diet designed to produce weight loss for six weeks and then similar diets designed for maintenance for four weeks. The foods were all provided by the researchers and provided 18 percent of calories from fat in the low-fat diet or 33 percent of calories from fat in the moderate fat diet. Over the course of the study, the low-fat diet group experienced a 12 percent decrease in HDL ("good") cholesterol but the moderate-fat diet group had no change. This indicates that a moderate-fat diet blunts the decrease in HDL ("good") cholesterol during weight loss. In addition, after falling during the weight loss phase, triglycerides rose significantly during the maintenance phase for those on the low fat diet but not for those on the moderate fat diet. Elevated triglycerides are a cardiovascular risk factor. "The findings of this current study are significant because they demonstrate that markedly lowering total fat intakes may have adverse consequences on reductions in the risk of CVD, even in response to weight loss," the authors concluded. More at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/455585.cms Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 9 Maagh 5104, Friday, January 30, 2004: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Uttarayane Moksha RitauRitau Makar Mase Shukl Pakshe Shukr Vasara Yuktayam Krittik Nakshatr Shukl-Brahm Yog Kaulav-Taitil Karan Navami-Dashami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.