The striking results of a small clinical trial support the Atkins approach to weight control.
That diet plan advocates a diet very low in carbohydrates (sugars and starches), with ample proportions of fat and protein.
Unfortunately, Dr. Atkins failed to discriminate among types of fat, which have very different metabolic effects.
There’s little doubt that diets too high in omega-6 and saturated fats relative to omega-3 fats – such as the standard American diet – produce unhealthful effects.
Two cautions about the new study are in order