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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Low fat diets may be detrimental to childrens health

This post includes a synopsis of a paper published in the Journal of Nutrition 1996 Apr;126(4 Suppl):1031S-41S and a recipe for steak and eggs.

Study title and authors:
Considerations about dietary fat restrictions for children.
Lifshitz F, Tarim O.
Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

This paper can be accessed at:

The paper examined the evidence regarding the appropriateness of low fat diets for children.

The review found:
(a) There is no data demonstrating any beneficial effects of low fat diets starting in childhood for children.
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(b) Dietary fat restriction in early life has not been shown reduce disease incidence.
(c) Low fat diets in children are linked with suboptimal growth and development. Recent studies have shown an association between short stature and/or nutritional status and deficiencies in intrauterine and early life with coronary artery disease in adulthood.
(d) Low fat diets may lower (the good) high density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
(e) Low fat diets may lower total cholesterol levels. However low total cholesterol levels may be associated with increased mortality, including deaths due to accidents, which is most important in children.  
(f) Problems of associated psychological consequences, family conflicts and cost should not be ignored while implementing a low fat diet.

Lifshitz notes many qualities of dietary fat and that it is an essential component of a well-balanced diet:
(i) In addition to being an efficient energy source, fat, compared with other macronutrients, has the advantage of carrying more energy in a smaller volume. This is of vital importance for children who have limited intake capacity but extraordinary energy needs.
(ii) Fat and cholesterol constitute an essential structural element of the cellular membranes.
(iii) Essential fats are vital for the central nervous system including visual development and intelligence.
(iv) High blood pressure and clogged arteries may be among the consequences of insufficient essential fats. Therefore, low fat diets that could lead to essential fat deficiencies could be detrimental rather than beneficial.
(v) Fat is also necessary as a vehicle to carry the fatsoluble vitamins (A,D,E,K). Numerous studies have shown that low fat diets lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies either because they are not consumed in adequate amounts in restricted diets or their absorption is decreased when fat intake is inadequate.
(vi) Low cholesterol diets may lead to hormonal problems as all adrenocortical hormones (such as aldosterone and cortisol) are synthesized from cholesterol.

To conclude: Low fat diets may be detrimental to childrens health.

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Recipe of the day

Steak and eggs

•1 good quality large steak (filet, surloin, ribeye, …);
•2-3 tbsp of your favorite cooking fat (tallow, butter or ghee are excellent here);
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•2 free range eggs;
•Paprika to taste;
•Salt and pepper to taste;

1.Note: Let stand your steak for about 40 minutes at room temperature for a perfectly cooked and juicy result.

2.Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tbsp of your chosen cooking fat.

3.Season your steak with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add to the hot pan.

4.Cook the steak to your likings. About 3 minutes of each side will usually give you a nice and medium rare steak.

5.Remove the steak from the pan, set aside and lower the temperature to medium-low. Add the rest of the cooking fat.

6.Crack open the eggs in the hot pan, cover, season to taste with some paprika, salt and pepper and cook until the whites are just set.

7.Serve the steak with the eggs either on top or on the side and make sure to dip the juicy hot meat in the runny yolk for complete satisfaction.

Steak and Eggs