Found this in an article that had nothing to do with food. Ay, they'll
make any excuse for a high fat diet! -Rosemary
<<Jay R. Kaplan, professor of comparative medicine and anthropology at
Forest University's School of Medicine, said Thursday low-fat,
diets may help people shuck unwanted pounds, but a nasty side effect can
impulsive, risk-taking behavior.
While examining the role of cholesterol and fat in nonhuman primates for
than a decade, Kaplan found a low-fat diet can increase aggressiveness.
Whether it could do the same for humans is currently being debated by
experts in the field, he said in a telephone interview Thursday.
``Some people may be susceptible to these kinds of alterations in dietary
fat,'' he said. ``When serotonin levels get very low they are associated
In a paper published last year in the journal Evolutionary Anthropology,
Kaplan and associates Karen Potvin Klein and Steven B. Manuck explored
link between low serum cholesterol and increased risk of death from
``As a group, our studies provide preliminary support for the hypothesis
cholesterol-lowering diets potentiate aggressive or antisocial patterns
social expression and interaction,'' Kaplan wrote in his paper.
Kaplan acknowledges the hypothesis contradicts current thinking favoring
low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.
``Ironically, current recommendations to avoid cholesterol and fat as a
prolong life may now lead some individuals into impulsive and risk-taking
behavior that is inappropriate in modern societies not characterized by
need for competitive foraging or hunting,'' he wrote. >>
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