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Are high-fat diets bad?

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Much of the belief that high-fat diets are detrimental to human health are based on animal studies, but the majority of studies in 2007 evaluating high-fat diets in mice were not accurately portrayed, said study co-author Craig Warden. In a commentary in Cell Metabolism, Warden said the studies' major failing was comparing mice fed high-fat diets of 60 percent lard, 20 percent sucrose and 20 percent casein or milk protein – the mouse equivalent of "pork rinds, ribs and Coke" – to mice fed a vegetable-based high-fiber diet called chow with varying amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein. The studies, he said, mischaracterized the effects of fat and carbohydrates on obesity and many other traits and diseases.

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