Too soon to discard advice against saturated fats, professors say

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6114
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Dietary guidelines that stigmatise saturated fats should not be hastily abandoned despite a meta-analysis published earlier this year that found no evidence to support the guidelines, a panel of four UK professors of nutrition has advised. The team was assembled by the Science Media Centre for a press briefing in London on 7 October.

Christine Williams, of the University of Reading, cast doubt on the validity of the study, which was led by Rajiv Chowdhury of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, and which concluded, “Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”1 2 …

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