Low-Fat Diet Increases Your Risk for Early Death, Study Finds

It may be better for your health to add butter to your bread and say yes to that extra slice of cheese. A large international study published in the medical journal The Lancet found a high carbohydrate diet is associated with greater risk of an early death, not a diet high in fat.

The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study looked at the dietary intake of 135,000 people in 18 countries for an average of 7 and a half years. People with diets high in total fat intake had a 23 percent lower risk of death. Those who ate the most carbohydrates had a 28 percent higher risk of dying early.

Medical experts say the study shows fats are not bad for you, but it’s still best to consume them in moderation.