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Special Reports November 2015 Issue

Stop Worrying About Total Fat

Unfounded fat fears even affect the Nutrition Facts label.

Two of the nation’s leading nutrition experts have some advice for the federal government: Stop worrying about total fat. Nutrition research has shown that the emphasis on restricting total fat intake is outdated, yet these limits affect everything from Nutrition Facts labels to school lunches to supermarket products. In recent opinion pieces in JAMA and the New York Times, Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, and David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, argue, “It’s long past time for us to exonerate dietary fat.”

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