Cutting sat fats in childhood could lead to reduced risk of heart disease as adult

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 22nd November 2017

Cutting saturated fat in children’s diets reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood a New Zealand study has concluded.

Published online by PLOS One Journal, the study conducted by University of Otago researchers discovered reducing consumption of foods high in saturated fat results in a significant reduction in cholesterol levels throughout childhood without any evidence of harmful effects on growth and development.

The research team, headed by Dr Te Morenga, came to their conclusions after conducting review and meta-analysis of international data on studies involving those aged 2-19.

The researchers said whilst fat is important in childhood diets, the greatest benefits on cholesterol levels was seen when saturated fat was replaced with unsaturated fat.

“Interventions targeting reduction in saturated fat intakes amongst children and adolescents could translate into major cost savings by reducing risk of cardiovascular disease in later life,’’ Dr Te Morenga said.


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