According to the USDA, Low fat diet--as the name implies--is a diet that constitutes of little fat, especially saturated fat and cholesterol(which can lead to increased blood cholesterol levels and heart disease when existing in high levels). It is imperative to know that some dietary fat is needed for good health though: fats supply energy and essential fatty acids, in addition to further enhancing the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. However, such statements can also be a matter of controversy, since other reputable sources claim that low-fat diet: 1)"did not protect women against heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer or colon cancer"; 2)"didn’t reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer or invasive breast cancer; 3)"Does Not Cut Health Risks".
- USDA, Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, Retrieved on July 2007
- The Washington Post,Low-Fat Diet's Benefits Rejected, Retrieved on July 2007
- Fox News,Low-Fat Diet Myth Busted,Retrieved on July 2007
- The New York Times,Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds, Retrieved on July 2007