The New York Times published the results today of an eight year study involving nearly 49,000 women ages 50 to 79 to see if diets low in fat reduced the risks of heart disease and cancer. (Go here to read it. You may have to create a password but it is free.)
Amazingly, the study results blew what we've believed out of the water. This is the largest study ever done and it showed a low-fat diet has no effect. The women had the same occurance of heart disease and cancer as women who did what they wanted. Though some experts disagree with the findings, the magnitude of this $415 million federal study will most likely be the final word in the low-fat dieting genre.
The sad part of this study, in my opinion, is the $415 million spent, and they wound up with no clearer answers than they had before they started—other than eat healthy and exercise, but we kind of already knew that, didn't we? Maybe they should do a study on people who eat smaller portions of the foods they like, keep a balance diet in all the food groups (including fats), and exercised regularly.
This just confirms to me that the right course is to listen to the bodies God designed for us. They can tell us when we're hungry and full, they can even tell us what we need or don't need. The problem isn't in the food, it's in how we handle it, individually and commercially.
Which brings me to another area of concern. Want to talk about genetically modified crops? Don't even get me started there.
My ears are open, let me know what you think.