Very low fat diets may harm some people

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:571

The genetic make up of a person influences how he or she responds to a particular diet, and although very low fat diets may benefit some people they could be harmful to others, the American Heart Association has warned.

Dr Ronald Krauss, chairman of the association's nutrition committee, said that studies in healthy people show that there are genetic differences in the response to a low fat diet. Those who, from their metabolic …

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