Letters Are some diets “mass murder”?

Are some diets “mass murder”? Dietary guidelines worldwide advise limiting saturated fat in favour of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h625 (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h625
  1. Rachael McLean, senior lecturer1,
  2. Murray Skeaff, professor1,
  3. Jim Mann, professor1,
  4. Lisa Te Morenga, research fellow1
  1. 1Department of Nutrition, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
  1. rachael.mclean{at}otago.ac.nz

Smith’s views on saturated fat seem to have been strongly influenced by a few popular books and a limited selection of original publications.1 Lay authors are susceptible to bias because they rarely carry out a formal search of article databases and may not critique the evidence in totality. “Cherry picking” of evidence can lead to erroneous understanding.

Smith incorrectly describes the Women’s …

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