Saturated fats have been shown to lead to heart disease, but the Food and Drink Federation will wait to see what the government rules

 
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Another study was published about what we should and shouldn't be eating.

A high intake of saturated fats is linked with increased coronary heart disease risk, but the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said the industries are waiting to see what the government says.

This research published by the BMJ follows the controversial recommendations of the National Obesity Forum earlier this year suggesting eating fat could help cut obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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The new evidence contradicts that, supporting current health recommendations to replace saturated fat with unsaturated fats.

A spokesperson for the FDF said the food and drink industries are awaiting the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) due in 2018.

SACN, the body that advises the UK governments on dietary recommendations, is in the process of reviewing evidence on saturated fat.

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The FDF said companies have worked to voluntarily reduce saturated fat when manufacturing new products and reformulating old ones.

“However, work to combat obesity and other health challenges to improve the overall health of consumers can only be successful if we take a whole diet and lifestyle approach rather than focusing on just one nutrient, whether that be sugars or fat.”

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