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Saturated fat not off the hook for heart disease: researchers

L Te Morenga Prof J MannDr Lisa Te Morenga with one of her blog post co-authors Professor Jim Mann

In a new blog post on the Public Health Expert blog, the New Zealand researchers carefully examine the issues surrounding the role of dietary fat intake in cardiac and other health, and place the latest research review into the context of the wider body of recent work in this area.

They write that: “At first glance you might think then that this latest review offers substantially new insights into the effects of dietary fats on [Coronary Heart Disease]. However this is not the case.”

Instead of giving a green light to saturated fat, the New Zealand researchers conclude that the best advice for national guidelines should stay as “reduce the intake of saturated fats and replace this with healthier fats, ideally with more polyunsaturated fats (e.g., from fish, canola oils, and nuts etc).”

At the same time, the researchers also emphasise that: “Governments should also state more clearly that replacing saturated fat with refined carbohydrates is very likely to be hazardous to health.”

The blog post is written by Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Professor Jim Mann, Professor Murray Skeaff, Professor Rod Jackson (University of Auckland), Professor Tony Blakely, Associate Professor Nick Wilson, and Dr Rachael McLean.

Full URL: https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/2014/03/18/a-new-review-on-dietary-fats-putting-its-findings-in-context/#more-769

For more information, contact:

Dr Lisa Te Morenga
Research Fellow, Department of Human Nutrition
University of Otago
Tel 64 3 479 3978

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