Ohio Neurologic Institute

Specializing in Neurologic and Sleep Disorders


In the 1960’s and ‘70’s — saturated fat was pegged as a problem and low saturated fat intake was emphasized.

However by the mid 1980’s the idea of a low saturated fat diet was somehow bastardized and taken by the public to mean simply low-fat.

Fat has more calories per gram than either carbohydrates or protein (9 calories per gram of fat vs. 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate or protein). Because of its high caloric density it also composes a major portion of the American diet.

So by cutting the fat intake you can cut the caloric intake as well. The concept of a low fat diet with lower caloric density was epitomized by a popular book entitled “Eat More Weigh Less”.

Despite the fact that both the food industry and the American public seemed to embrace this concept—Americans continued to gain weight.

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