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What are the nutritional consequences of a low-fat diet?
(April 6, 2008)

Causes and Reasons for Low Fat Diet

Not more than thirty per cent of the calories are recommended from fat in a regular diet. A low fat diet is recommended, in cases, wherein the individuals are unable to tolerate that much. Hence a low fat diet helps individuals with such conditions.

Increased fat in the diet increases an already existing diarrhoeal condition. A low fat diet is recommended in individuals with gall bladder disease. Bile is essential for the breakdown of fat and complications result in improper breakdown.

Accumulation of fat in the liver also referred to as fatty liver calls for a low fat diet. Diseases associated with pancreas or small intestine result in improper absorption of nutrients. The rate at which the stomach empties food into the intestine is slow in gastroparesis. Fat in the diet delays the process further, making the condition worse, resulting in nausea, bloating and vomiting. A low fat diet emphasises on reduced saturated and Trans fats. It is helpful in decreasing the cholesterol levels, prevention of cancer and helps in maintenance of health and weight.

But, certain studies reveal the negative correlation between low fat diet and HDL cholesterol levels. Essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins provided by fats are essential for tissue growth and functioning. These are hindered with a low fat diet.
Submitted by E L on April 6, 2008 at 05:55


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