With recent reportings of the rising numbers of Americans with weight problems, doctors and researchers have come to recommend a low-fat diet for the population as a whole.
Not only have doctors recommended a healthy life style based on a low fat diet, but hundreds of weight loss plans are based on that same trend.
But a new study says different.
At the grocery store, on magazine stands, or through radio, TV, or the internet, the push to weight-loss and low fat diets has become part of the American lifestyle.
A new study this week reports post-menopausal women who have not followed low-fat diets may not necessarily reduce their risks of certain cancers and heart disease by following a diet low in fatty foods.
Ross Prentice of the research study says, ?We don't regard our data as strong enough at this time to recommend that all post-menopausal women start a low-fat diet for the purpose of reducing breast cancer risk.?
Eau Claire Public Nutritionist Beth Draeger says this doesn't mean people should load up on spare ribs or raspberry cheesecake.
?This doesn't give everybody free arraign to go out and, ?oh, who cares I'm just going to eat as much fat as I want.? That's not what this study is saying.?
Still, the American Cancer Society recommends everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle including more than just eliminating fats and oils.
?That includes a diet that is high in vegetables and fruits and limit the consumption of red meat and trying to be physically active.?
It's not all bad news the study does offer some promising information.
?If you look at the women who did lower their saturated and trans as well as increasing fruits and vegetables, they did see some benefit as far as cardiovascular disease prevention.?
So while the effect may not be as dramatic or obvious for post-menopausal women, staying the course for a lower fat diet, in most cases, leads to a long-term, healthier lifestyle.