Monday, January 9


Study in the current JAMA: "Postmenopausal women who ate a diet low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains didn't gain weight over an average of nearly eight years, reported researchers from the NIH's Women's Health Initiative. In a clinical trial to see whether a low-fat, fiber rich diet could prevent cardiovascular disease or breast or colorectal cancer in more than
48,000 post-menopausal women, those on the diet lost about 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs) in
the first year, and managed to keep the weight off better than women who
ate what they wanted."

That's all fine and good. But here's the laugh line: "The findings may finally put to rest the notion - propagated by popular diets such as the Atkins, Sugarbusters, and Zone plans - that carbohydrates are the root of all dietary evil." Yeah, I'll be over here holding my breath on that one...

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