Re: Vegan Diet (was Re: Practical Extropianism)
Thu, 8 May 1997 19:07:47 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 5/8/97 1:15:32 PM, (The Low
Golden Willow) wrote:

>Speaking of which, one idea the calorie-restriction people kick around
>is whether previous nutritional research, particularly on the benefits
>of vegetarianism and low-fatness, were actually studies of mild calorie
>restriction. Is it "fat bad (for some chemical reason)" or "excess
>calories bad, and fat translates to lots of calories"?

Rats fed high-fat but low calorie diets do about as well as rats fed low-fat
low-calorie diets. So the conclusion is that the *primary* health
disadvantage of fat is that it makes you eat more. Fat may have other
disadvantages wrt heart disease or reproductive cancers (research is
inconclusive; I've seen studies both ways). With humans there is little
research on the effect of changing fat intake without changing calorie intake
- over a lifetime, these are correlated and very hard to separate.