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Letters Dietary fats: a new look at old data

Dietary fats: debate should consider foods rather than nutrients

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 24 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2884
  1. Rosemary A Stanton,
  2. public health nutritionist
  1. University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
  1. rosemary.stanton{at}

The debate over types of fats stumbles, as it doesn’t look at the foods containing them.1 In studies such as the Sydney Diet Heart Study in the 1970s, participants were given a margarine with large amounts of trans fatty acids.2 It’s little wonder the results were negative.

Basing any recommendation …

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