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Overview and perspective in human nutrition. Willett WC. - Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008; - 0 views

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    Overview and perspective in human nutrition.
    Willett WC.
    Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:1-4. Review.
    PMID: 18296289

    For the last decade, the focus of nutritional advice for prevention of chronic disease has been to limit or reduce
    total fat intake and to consume large amounts of carbohydrate. However, this advice is inconsistent with many
    lines of evidence indicating that unsaturated fats have beneficial metabolic effects and reduce risk of coronary
    heart disease. More recent evidence has also shown that the large majority of carbohydrates in Western diets,
    consisting of refined starches and sugars, have adverse metabolic effects and increase risks of coronary heart
    disease and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, a major opportunity for health improvement has been lost by failing
    to distinguish healthy from unhealthy forms of carbohydrates and fats. Recent analyses indicate that moderate
    changes in diet, together with regular physical activity and not smoking, can prevent the large majority of heart
    disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. These findings have substantial relevance for many populations
    in Asia, where incidence of type 2 diabetes is rising rapidly.
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