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No scientific basis to government UK and US low fat guidelines

An article by a group of UK and US researchers published in the journal Open Heart has found that public health advice by the UK and US governments to consume less fat had no evidence base, was wrong and should never have been introduced.

The review examined randomised controlled trials available to the US and UK regulatory committees at the time that national dietary guidelines were introduced in the 1970s and 1980s.

It was thought that it would help reduce coronary heart disease (CHD).

The paper’s authors concluded: “Dietary recommendations were introduced for 220 million US and 56 million UK citizens by 1983, in the absence of supporting evidence from RCTs.” They also stated: “…clinicians may be more questioning of dietary guidelines, less accepting of low-fat advice (concomitantly high carbohydrate) and more engaged in nutritional discussions about the role of food in health.

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