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Saturated fat: we still donít get it

Nutritionist, Bill Shrapnel, recently penned an insightful piece on the recent media coverage on the link between saturated fat and heart disease.

Although the headlines have got it wrong the science relating to saturated fat and heart disease has evolved considerably. But Australiaís public health nutrition policy makers are blissfully unaware and are implementing science thatís out of date.

In March yet another headline appeared in the mainstream media stating ĎNo link found between saturated fat and heart diseaseí. The media delights in stories about diet that appear to contradict the status quo and, of course, relevant industry groups always put their public relations firms into action whenever an opportunity presents itself. Hence the misleading headlines.

Certainly there have been recent developments in how the coronary risk associated with dietary saturated fat is understood but it has to be said that the significance of these findings has still not fully registered with many nutritionists and policy makers in Australia, let alone the media.

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