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Letters Saturated fat is not the major issue

Sugar, not fat, is the culprit

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6846
  1. Danny C G Lim, cardiology and medical registrar1
  1. 1Healthcare Locums, North East England, Durham, UK
  1. dcglim{at}

For decades, a diet high in fat (particularly, saturated fat) has been cited as the cause of cardiovascular disease.1 But not everything stacks up. Epidemiological studies of populations such as the Inuit, who traditionally survive almost entirely on animal food sources (and consume large amounts of saturated fat) have a very low incidence of cardiovascular disease. By demonising …

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