Recent Research News Podcast: Forty-Year-Old Study Could Have Changed Nutritional Guidelines

The British Medical Journal recently published data from a 40-year-old study that looked at the connection between heart health and dietary fats. The findings directly contradicted some widely accepted nutritional information, and had these results been available earlier; they could have changed current nutritional standards.

The study was called the Minnesota Coronary Experiment, and it followed thousands of patients who were institutionalized. Researchers compared the influence of a diet with low saturated fat with one that was naturally high in fat. The results showed that when patients were deprived of saturated fat, they were more likely to experience coronary-related events, despite the fact that these diets lowered cholesterol levels. Had this information been published 40 years ago, it could have changed heart-based diet recommendations and research.

These findings were published in The Washington Post on April 12, 2016.

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