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    Very-high-fat diet reversed obesity and disease risk
    New study challenges the long-held idea that saturated fats are unhealthy.

    Research conducted at the University of Bergen shows that saturated fat actually could be good for you. The quality of the food, whether it's highly processed or not, could have a larger impact on your health.


    A new Norwegian diet intervention study (FATFUNC), performed by researchers at the KG Jebsen center for diabetes research at the University of Bergen, raises questions regarding the validity of a diet hypothesis that has dominated for more than half a century: that dietary fat and particularly saturated fat is unhealthy for most people.

    The researchers found strikingly similar health effects of diets based on either lowly processed carbohydrates or fats. In the randomized controlled trial, 38 men with abdominal obesity followed a dietary pattern high in either carbohydrates or fat, of which about half was saturated. Fat mass in the abdominal region, liver and heart was measured with accurate analyses, along with a number of key risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

    "The very high intake of total and saturated fat did not increase the calculated risk of cardiovascular diseases," says professor and cardiologist Ottar Nygård who contributed to the study.

    "Participants on the very-high-fat diet also had substantial improvements in several important cardiometabolic risk factors, such as ectopic fat storage, blood pressure, blood lipids (triglycerides), insulin and blood sugar."

    High quality food is healthier
    Both groups had similar intakes of energy, proteins, polyunsaturated fatty acids, the food types were the same and varied mainly in quantity, and intake of added sugar was minimized.

    "We here looked at effects of total and saturated fat in the context of a healthy diet rich in fresh, lowly processed and nutritious foods, including high amounts of vegetables and rice instead of flour-based products," says PhD candidate Vivian Veum.
    Just another opinion/research among many? How credible?

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    It's really not just about high or low fat that determines health, but also what kind of fat it is ("saturated" fat doesn't consist of only one fatty acid type; there are many different types of saturated fatty acids, so it's not like all saturated fat is the same), what kind of protein it is (animal or vegan; vegan protein is healthier), what their vitamin and mineral uptake is, and so on.

    Here's the study:

    Results: Recorded intake of carbohydrate and total and saturated fat in the LFHC and VHFLC groups were 51% and 11% of energy, 29% and 71% of energy, and 12% and 34% of energy, respectively, with no difference in protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Mean energy intake decreased by 22% and 14% in the LFHC and VHFLC groups. The diets similarly reduced waist circumference (11–13 cm), abdominal subcutaneous fat mass (1650–1850 cm3), visceral fat mass (1350–1650 cm3), and total body weight (11–12 kg). Both groups improved dyslipidemia, with reduced circulating triglycerides, but showed differential responses in total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (decreased in LFHC group only), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (increased in VHFLC group only). The groups showed similar reductions in insulin, insulin C-peptide, glycated hemoglobin, and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance. Notably, improvements in circulating metabolic markers in the VHFLC group mainly were observed first after 8 wk, in contrast to more acute and gradual effects in the LFHC group.
    Visceral adiposity and metabolic syndrome after very high–fat and low-fat isocaloric diets: a randomized controlled trial

    LCHF is a crappy diet in any case, because carbs are too low (the brain needs around 100-130 g of carbs per day). And slow carbs with a low glycemic index are the best type of carbs. But obviously you'll lose weight if you eat little to no carbs and high fat. Doesn't mean it's healthy, but yes, it's effective in losing fat. Much more efficient though, is a diet with around 130 g of carbs, moderate amount of fat (take say, 60 g or so) and high protein. I've tried it and it kick ass, and in fact, I'm about to start again in a couple of days. Unlike the LCHF diet, this is superior for bodybuilding.
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    Not credible. There is overwhelming evidence that saturated fats cause plaque buildup in your coronary arteries. Heart disease is still the number 1 cause of death in the US.

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    It seems as if the entire focus on fat in diet has been misplaced and now the focus is on controlling carbohydrates. Particularly excess sugar and for Americans at least, the abundance of high fructose corn syrup in foods.

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