Swapping butter for Sunflower Spread may not lower heart risk

The UK’s leading Heart Charity, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), have released some surprising research that would indicate that the current guidance on saturated fat is “unclear.”

The research compiled data from 72 studies and revealed that contrary to the current guidance, there isn’t any evidence that changing the type of fat you eat from saturated “bad” fats to polyunsaturated “good” fats cuts heart risk.

However, leading heart experts have stressed that this does not mean that people can eat lots of pies and cakes.

Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Saturated fat is the kind of fat found in butter, biscuits, fatty cuts of meat, sausages and bacon, and cheese and cream.

Most of us eat too much of it – men should eat no more than 30g a day and women no more than 20g a day.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26611861