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Observations From the Heart

Saturated fat is not the major issue

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6340

Re: Saturated fat is not the major issue

This article builds on a growing consensus. The Swedish peak body for health science (Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment) recently reviewed 16,000 studies and concluded that low-carb diets are the way to lose weight, improve lipids and reduce metabolic syndrome, despite higher fat in diet.
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One point to note - the term "Mediterranean diet" comes (from my reading of the subject) from research of a half century ago by Ancel Keys when Greeks and Italians ate more vegetables and less pasta and bread than in the modern Mediterranean diet of recent decades.

The term Mediterranean diet probably needs to be nuanced - "Original Mediterranean diet". The group with best CVS outcomes were from Crete with a 40% fat intake - high olives, olive oil and fish. It was the 1960s and there were few or no processed foods.

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 December 2013
Peter I Parry
University of Queensland
Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Herston. Qld, Australia