Saturated Fat NOT As Bad As First Thought… So Should We Eat Lots Of It?


A meta- analysis by researchers from Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, some of the most robust universities in the country, found that Saturated fat may not be as problematic to the body as first thought. A meta- analysis is the most well rounded and well respected study, so these findings have been taken seriously by the nutrition and health industry. However, until we know more about the implications of saturated fat, and indeed the potential positive benefits of unsaturated fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats the current UK recommendation to consume a balanced diet containing various food sources is advisable.

You may wish to consider opting for an 'unsaturated' omega oil blend for its potential cardioprotective properties, but also because the omega- 3 fatty acids in them are anti- inflammatory, as well as helping to lubricate the joints.


Chowdhury R, Warnakula S, Kunutsor S, et al. Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. Published online March 18 2014



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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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