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quote:Heart experts say a study which shows a lack of health benefits from a low-fat diet failed to take into account other risk factors. A US study of over 19,500 women found cutting back on fat for almost a decade failed to offer significant protection against some cancers and heart disease. But British experts say salt levels were not cut, and many of the women were overweight or obese. The American researchers say that they are not disheartened by the results. They said the difference between "good" and "bad" fats was not recognised when the study started, so women were only told to reduce fat consumption - rather than to reduce levels of trans-fats, which are classed as bad, while fats in nuts, fish and vegetable oils are said to have health benefits. "Women can be confident that cutting back on fat and following the recommended dietary guidelines... certainly won't hurt when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing chronic disease."