Dietary changes 'key to tackling heart problems'

July 14th 2011

Making dietary changes could be key to tackling heart problems and lowering risk of heart disease, according to researchers.

A team from Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia, led by Dr Lee Hooper, conducted an evidence review into the differences between good fats and bad fats and concluded that a modified fat diet rather than a low fat one is key to reducing heart disease risk.

A modified fat diet involves replacing saturated fat with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as those found in vegetable oils, fish and seeds, rather than cutting fats out.

Overall, it was noted that reducing saturated fat in diets reduced the risk of heart problems by around 14 per cent.

Commenting, Dr Cooper said it is not clear why modified fat diets are more effective, but suggested it may be that low fat diets, where fat is replaced with starchy foods, fruits and vegetables, are harder to maintain.

According to the British Heart Foundation, around one million men and nearly 500,000 women in the UK have had a heart attack.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 "Reduced or modified dietary fat for preventing cardiovascular disease", The Cochrane Library, Dr Lee Hooper et al, 2011

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