This video discusses low fat diet versus the Mediterranean one. The results are very interesting.
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The womens health initiative trial started in 1992 and cost 600 million dollars. They trialed 49,000 women on low fat dieting or to continue as normal. They were followed for 8 years. The group on the low fat diet reduced fat consumption by 25%.
At the end of 8 years there was virtually no difference in weight for both groups. There was no reduction in heart attack ,stroke or cancer risk.
The Predimed Study
7,000 Spaniards were allocated to either a low fat or Mediterranean diet starting in 1992.
The results? For Mediterranean dieting there was a 30% reduction in heart attack or stroke risk as compared with the low fat diet. There was a 50% reduction in diabetic risk. Also there was a 70% reduction in breast cancer risk. There were no benefits seen in the low fat group. There is also a reduction in dementia risk.
It is believed that Olive oil has certain properties possibly from Oleic acid that confers the benefits. Experts world wide now agree that Mediterranean dieting has significant benefits.
Our bodies use two main types of fuel. Fat and carbohydrates – and most of us wish we could tell them to burn a bit more of our fat reserves!