The British Medical Journal is correcting a statement that saturated fats are not linked to heart disease - simply because they are!
In the original paper, journalist and author Nina Teicholz wrote that the results of an authoritative scientific review had not found a link between saturated fats and heart disease. The review actually did find a link, but Teicholz - who is the author of a book entitled The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet - reported the opposite anyway.
In an open letter to the BMJ, David Katz, associate professor of public health practice at the Yale University School of Medicine, said: “The notion that the opinion of one journalist with a book to sell is in any way a suitable counterweight to the conclusions of a diverse, multidisciplinary, independent group of scientists who reviewed evidence for the better part of two years and relied upon knowledge and judgment cultivated over decades of relevant work- is nearly surreal”.
Eating a diet that is high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in the blood. Having high cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. Saturated fat is the kind of fat found in butter and lard, pies, cakes and biscuits, fatty cuts of meat, sausages and bacon, and cheese and cream. Find out how to improve your diet and protect your heart health here.