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New research: wine and cheese won’t make you fat

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Yet another study has emerged attempting to pinpoint the foods that do and don't make us fat. As usual, the findings of this latest one from Harvard mostly line up with basic common sense — fries are bad, veggies are good, you'll probably gain five pounds if you quit smoking — except for the unexpected and totally delightful part where they discover that people who reported (moderately) increased intake of cheese and wine didn't seem to gain any weight as a result. 

In general, study participants who reported increased intake of naturally high-fat foods such as yogurt, nuts, and peanut butter lost the most weight over a four-year period, while those who reported increased hours in front of the TV and a higher intake of refined sugar were more likely to put on pounds. Questioning the virtues of old-school calorie-counting, one of the study's authors said, “There are good foods and bad foods, and the advice should be to eat the good foods more and the bad foods less. The notion that it’s O.K. to eat everything in moderation is just an excuse to eat whatever you want.”  

None of this should come as too much of a shock to anyone that's followed dietary research past the 1980s, but a scientific endorsement of wine and cheese is well worth paying attention to in my book.