The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 9 December 2011

Low fat diets increase the risk factors for heart disease

This study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology 2000 Jan 1;85(1):45-8.

Study title and authors:
High carbohydrate diets, triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, and coronary heart disease risk.
Abbasi F, McLaughlin T, Lamendola C, Kim HS, Tanaka A, Wang T, Nakajima K, Reaven GM.
Stanford University School of Medicine, California, USA

This study can be accessed at:

High triglyceride levels and low (HDL-C) high-density lipoprotein - cholesterol levels are associated with higher rates of heart disease.

The study compared the effects of variations in dietary fat and carbohydrate content on concentrations of triglycerides and high density lipoproteins in 8, healthy, nondiabetic volunteers. The diets contained, as a percentage of total calories, either:
(i) 60% CHO, 25% fat, and 15% protein (High carbohydrate diet)
(ii) 40% CHO, 45% fat, and 15% protein (High fat diet)

The study found:

(a) Those on the high carbohydrate diet had an increase of 82% in their (bad) triglyceride levels compared to those on the high fat diet.
(b) Those on the high carbohydrate diet had a decrease of 12% in their (good) high density lipoprotein - cholesterol levels compared to those on the high fat diet.

The results of the study indicate that low fat/high carbohydrate diets increase the risk factors for heart disease.