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High fat diets may make mice live longer—but you (probably) shouldn’t live on butter

They stay stronger, faster, and smarter too.

Is this the health food of the future? No.

Forget the fountain of youth. The secret to a long, healthy life may rest in an organic compound—β-hydroxybutyrate—that the body produces on very low calories diets, or, more deliciously, on a high fat diet. Two studies released today in the journal Cell Metabolism, one focused on and the other focused on , found that mice fed a very low-carb, high fat diet (known as a ketogenic diet) lived, on average, 13 percent longer than mice fed a typical diet. That amounted to around 2.7 years of life for the ketogenic mice compared to 2.4 years.

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