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Observations From the Heart

Saturated fat is not the major issue

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6340 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6340

Re: Saturated fat is not the major issue

As was mentioned in several of the responses, we should not focus on food in a reductionist manner. The production of animal products can have a beneficial or detrimental effect on the environment. This topic is addressed very well on a Ted talk by Allan Savory entitled Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

The nutritional characteristics of animal products from livestock fed in a free range setting is distinctly different than the products derived from industrial agriculture. It can be a win-win situation where the environment is improved while producing healthful animal products.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 December 2013
John Madany
Family Physician
Barrett Hospital
657 Fox Ridge Drive, Dillon MT 59725