How many people killed by dieting could have been saved?
The story, headlined “A Study on Fats That Doesn’t Fit the Story Line,” explored a five-year double blind randomized controlled trial–the best method to determine if one thing causes another, according to Times reporter Aaron E. Carroll–designed to test whether saturated fats were more harmful than unsaturated fats.
Researchers found no evidence indicating that people who reduced saturated fats from their diet experienced health benefits. (This probably comes as no surprise to Intellectual Takeout readers.)
In fact, Carroll reports, “there seemed to be an increased mortality rate in those on the ‘heart healthy’ diet, particularly among those 65 years and older.” (Italics mine)
It gets worse. A meta-analysis of all available studies found that more people died on diets consisting of fewer saturated fats (though the results were not statistically significant).
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