BMJ Saturated Fat Findings
Stuff.co.nz have an article questioning British and American caution about saturated fat.
“Butter, cream and chocolate lovers, rejoice – saturated fats may not be the enemy we’ve made them out to be.
While it is not quite an invitation to embark on a diet of pizza and ice cream sundaes, New research from the BMJ – formerly the British Medical Journal – claims that decade-old advice restricting dietary fat intake may be completely unfounded.” Stuff.co.nz 11/02/2015 article by ASHLEIGH STEWART.
The article in stuff cites study of CHD (heart disease – coronary heart disease). A study has been done and and an article written in a journal reviewed by other Heart Specialists and coronary heart disease researchers . This is the conclusion – this is what they decided.
Evidence from randomised controlled trials did not support the introduction of dietary fat guidelines in 1977 and 1983: a systematic review and meta-analysis
“[Study] Conclusions Dietary recommendations were introduced for 220 million US and 56 million UK citizens by 1983, in the absence of supporting evidence from RCTs.”
In plain English: someone thought it would be a good idea to change peoples’s generations old dietary behaviour, but they didn’t test to see what the results would be. The reference to “RCT” is about random control tests, which are said to be good for analysing what is really going on with the experiment.
This is my opinion on the matter:
The findings of published in Open Heart – a BMJ online journal (formerly British Medical Journal) found no significant difference in in Cardio Vascular Disease between those in the study who used a diet promoted by British and United States government and those who did not. How totally unsurprising!
I concur with Ashleigh Steward of Stuff.co.nz and the study authors’ surprise. They said Stewart quotes, “It seems incomprehensible that dietary advice was introduced for 220 million Americans and 56 million UK citizens, given the contrary results from a small number of unhealthy men,”.
I am not surprised by the New Zealand Ministry of Health response reported by Stewart. “Principal Advisor Public Health Dr Harriette Carr said, “The Ministry of Health is currently working with nutrition academics and researchers to update its nutrition advice for New Zealanders. However, it is not considering changing its stance on fats. National recommendations will continue to advise New Zealanders to lower their saturated fat intake and opt for polyunsaturated fats instead”.
Results quoted from the overseas study
“[Study] Results 2467 males participated in six dietary trials: five secondary prevention studies and one including healthy participants. There were 370 deaths from all-cause mortality in the intervention and control groups. The risk ratio (RR) from meta-analysis was 0.996 (95% CI 0.865 to 1.147). There were 207 and 216 deaths from CHD in the intervention and control groups, respectively. The RR was 0.989 (95% CI 0.784 to 1.247). There were no differences in all-cause mortality and non-significant differences in CHD mortality, resulting from the dietary interventions. The reductions in mean serum cholesterol levels were significantly higher in the intervention groups; this did not result in significant differences in CHD or all-cause mortality. Government dietary fat recommendations were untested in any trial prior to being introduced.
[Study] Conclusions Dietary recommendations were introduced for 220 million US and 56 million UK citizens by 1983, in the absence of supporting evidence from RCTs.”
In October 2014 the Heart Foundation New Zealand sent out a media release. Thank fully the media came to me before it hit the news. After the media telephone interview I came to refer to this media release as Heart Foundations’ Big Reveal. My message was simple.
Coconut Oil Shop Message About Saturated Fat
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