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The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 23 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5686

This Feature (BMJ 2015;351:h4962, doi:10.1136/bmj.h4962) by Nina Teicholz stated that when the guidelines advisory committee started its work in 2012 there had been several prominent papers, including a meta-analysis and two major reviews (one systematic), that failed to confirm an association between saturated fats and heart disease. This statement did not aptly reflect the findings of the more authoritative of these reviews, by Hooper et al (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012;5:CD002137), which found that saturated fats had an effect on cardiovascular events but failed to confirm an effect on cardiovascular mortality.


Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5686

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