Study title and authors:
The low fat/low cholesterol diet is ineffective
L.A. Corr, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, London, U.K. M.F. Oliver, National Heart and Lung Institute, London, U.K.
Correspondence: Dr. Laura A. Corr, MB, BS, MRCP, PhD, FESC, Consultant Cardiologist, Guys and St. Thomas' Hospitals, St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RT
This paper can be accessed at: http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/1/18.full.pdf+html
Dr. Corr introduces the subject of diet and heart disease by observing if you ask almost member of the general public about a diet which would reduce their chance of heart disease, the reply is the same: "a low fat diet". On closer questioning, this means a diet with a reduction in cholesterol and saturated 'animal' fats, i.e. less meat, butter, milk and cheese.
She concluded that the commonly-held belief that the best diet for the prevention of coronary heart disease is a low saturated fat, low cholesterol is not supported by the available evidence from clinical trials and such diets do not reduce the risk of heart attack, heart disease or all cause mortality.
Similarly, diets focused exclusively on reduction of saturated fats and cholesterol are relatively ineffective and should be abandoned.
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Recipe of the day
Herbed Scrambled Eggs
2 tsp chopped chives
2 tsp chopped parsley.
Break the eggs into a bowl, add the cream and season to taste. Whisk with a fork until mixed.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the egg mixture and cook gently, stirring constantly, until the eggs begin to set, but are not fully set. Use a low light or lift the pan occasionally.
While the eggs are setting but still creamy, stir in the chives and parsley.