Fat Consumption & Cardiovascular Health
24 Jun 2014 17:00-18:30
Committee Room 4a, House of Lords
Members met on 24 June to discuss the evidence on diet, especially fat consumption, and cardiovascular health. This meeting was organised following the publication of a systematic review in March 2014 which concluded that “current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.” It also concluded that trans fats and 2 saturated fats found in palm oil and animal products seemed to increase the risk of CVD, but margaric acid (found in dairy products) and the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) lowered the risk, as does the omega-6 fatty acid, arachidonic acid (AA). Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio of Cambridge University presented the systematic review findings; Professor Julie Lovegrove of Reading University and SACN spoke about the totality of the evidence on diet and cardiovascular disease; and Dr Alison Tedstone of Public Health England spoke about the official dietary guidelines on diet and cardiovascular health.