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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

Dr T Colin Campbell, emeritus professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell, wrote a rebuttal of a New York Times article on saturated fat that cast doubt on its role in heart disease. Campbell provides the missing context that helps reveal the big picture of disease in relation to diet:

An extract from Campbell's article:
"..In my experience, this more wholistic (‘w’ intended) understanding of diet, health and disease is best illustrated by the remarkable demonstrations of Esselstyn[38] and Ornish[45] showing that advanced heart disease can be reversed by whole foods, not by changes in single nutrients like saturated fat (actually cured when the diet is maintained). Esselstyn’s findings are especially telling with his 26-year follow-up findings (reported in the [documentary] film, Forks Over Knives) and his new much anticipated report[46] involving a much larger number of subjects. These findings involve whole foods and do not depend on selective treatment of individual risk factors and events of the heart disease process."

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 May 2014
Colin J Walsh
Cardiff, Wales