A recent systematic review of data from 72 studies, involving more than 600,000 participants, indicates that – contrary to earlier official guidance – there is little evidence that changing the type of fat consumed from “bad” saturated fat to “healthier” polyunsaturated fats will cut cardiovascular risk. More research is planned.
Roberts, M. (2014). Saturated fat advice ‘unclear’. London: BBC Health News, March 17th 2014.
Walsh, F. (2014). Should I avoid saturated fat? London: BBC Health News, March 17th 2014.
This research is explained further by the NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal:
Saturated fats and heart disease link ‘unproven’. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, March 18th 2014.
Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet: New Lines of Research?
It may be the combination of olive oil and leafy salad or vegetables, together forming nitro fatty acids which lower blood pressure, which gives the Mediterranean diet a healthy edge.
Roberts, M. (2014). Olive oil and salad combined ‘explain’ Med diet success. London: BBC Health News, May 20th 2014.
Possibly of interest:
Roberts, M. (2014). Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’. London: BBC Health News, May 13th 2014.
Possibly also of interest:
Roberts, M. (2014). ‘Tomato pill’ hope for stopping heart disease. London: BBC Health News, June 9th 2014.