There are several problems with the popular-press interpretation of the study described in this article. The study saw a reduction to only 29 percent of calories from fat, which is still far above the 20 percent-or-less advocated by dietary and cardiovascular experts. Also, no one in the field of heart disease prevention would advocate solely reducing fat intake. For instance, salt intake needs to be reduced, exercise needs to be added, stress should be avoided, and diets should include more fruits and vegetables and less red meat and simple carbohydrates.
Glenn M. Gungel
St. Louis, Mo.