Fall in cholesterol after changes in composition of cooking oil in Mauritius

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7079.516 (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:516
  1. N Chandrasekharan, Consultant chemical pathologista,
  2. Kalyana Sundram, Senior research officera
  1. a Institut Penyelidikan Minyak Kelapa, Sawit Malaysia (Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia), PO Box 10620, 50720 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Editor—We have reservations about the methods, findings, and conclusions of Ulla Uusitalo and colleagues in their recent paper,1 as well as those of its antecedent.2

    On the purported fall in serum cholesterol concentration from 5.7 mmol/l in 1987 to 4.6 mmol/l in 1992, it is not evident whether the samples were from the same subjects. Without a reference population the extent to which the changes documented represent true effects of intervention rather than underlying secular trends is not clear. The impact of the various …

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