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Some Fat OK for Weight Loss

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Jan 29, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A moderate-fat weight loss diet is better than a low-fat diet for weight loss and cholesterol levels, Penn State researchers said Thursday.

The moderate-fat diet, in which half the fat was mono-unsaturated fat from peanuts and peanut oil, produced a 14 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease risk. The low-fat group experienced a 9 percent improvement. Both groups were controlled to lose the same amount of weight.

The low-fat diet group experienced a 12 percent decrease in HDL -- the so-called good cholesterol -- but the moderate-fat diet group had no change. Researchers said this suggests a moderate-fat diet blunts the decrease in HDL cholesterol during weight loss.

Fifty-three overweight or obese men and women with cholesterol levels over 200 enrolled in the study, which was supported by a grant from the Peanut Institute.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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