Is Fat Getting A Bad Rap?

Phobic about fat? With all the low-fat, reduced-fat, and fat-free food products crowding grocery store shelves, it's hard not to fret about it. True, fat is high in calories, and excessive consumption has been linked to heart disease and cancer. But fat could be getting a worse rap than it deserves. "When communism collapsed, fat took its place" as the root of all evil, and "it isn't true," says Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard University School of Public Health. In fact, consuming some fat is necessary to good health, although experts disagree about how much and what kinds of fat are most beneficial.

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