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Premature coronary deaths in Asians

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:508
  1. Alberto Ascherio,
  2. Eunyoung Cho,
  3. Kathleen Walsh,
  4. Frank M Sacks,
  5. Walter C Willett,
  6. Azhar Faruqui
  1. Assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology Research associate Research associate Associate professor of nutrition Professor of nutrition and epidemiology Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA
  2. Professor of cardiology National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi-75510, Pakistan

    EDITOR,—Sandeep Gupta and colleagues discuss ways in which premature coronary deaths in Asians in Britain might be avoided.1 When cooking, many people in India and Pakistan use a semisolid fat obtained by partially hydrogenating vegetable oils. This product, called vanaspathi or vegetable ghee, contains high levels of trans-fatty acids, which adversely affect blood lipid concentrations and are thus …

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