Are some diets “mass murder”? Dietary guidelines worldwide advise limiting saturated fat in favour of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatsBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h625 (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h625
- Rachael McLean, senior lecturer1,
- Murray Skeaff, professor1,
- Jim Mann, professor1,
- Lisa Te Morenga, research fellow1
- 1Department of Nutrition, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand
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 …