Large-scale prospective study examines dairy fat intake and its replacement with other types of fat in relation to CVD risk (Chen et al., 2016)

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As very few prospective studies have examined the relation of dairy fat with heart disease, the purpose of this research was to evaluate this association in US adults. Using data from three major prospective US cohort studies [i.e. the HPFS (Health Professionals Follow-Up Study), the NHS (Nurses’ Health Study), and the NHS II.]  it was shown that, compared with an …

This review of the scientific literature, confirms that the type of dietary fat, but not total fat intake, is an important determinant of CVD risk. It is established by different types of studies that partial replacement of dietary SAFA with unsaturated fatty acids, in particular vegetable PUFA (mainly n-6 and some n-3) reduces the risk of CHD (Zock, et al., 2016)

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Most recently, research on dietary fat and the prevention of metabolic diseases has focused on whole dietary patterns, such as the Mediterranean diet, and specific food sources of fatty acids. Thus, extensive evidence underpins current dietary recommendations and food-based guidelines to reduce SAFA intake and replace them with unsaturated fatty acids. However, several recent publications have questioned the evidence and …

A prospective cohort study focussing into the quality of carbohydrates used as a SFA replacement, indicates that evidence-based, population level and individual-level recommendations to reduce SFA consumption should specify replacing SFAs with unsaturated fats and/or high-quality carbohydrates (Li et al. 2015)

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So far, only a few studies have considered the quality of the carbohydrates substituting for SFAs in CHD. This study sought to investigate associations of saturated fats compared with unsaturated fats and different sources of carbohydrates in relation to CHD risk. The researchers followed 84,628 women (Nurses’ Health Study, 1980 to 2010), and 42,908 men (Health Professionals. Follow-up Study, 1986 …

On-trend improvements in smoking rate, salt intake and physical activity is predicted to reduce CHD mortality in Sweden by 2025 by 6,4%. Lowering SAFA intake to 10 %E while increasing PUFA and MUFA intake, is predicted to double the benefit on heart health to 14% CHD reduction (Björck et al., 2016)

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Mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD) has decreased dramatically in Sweden and other Western countries during recent decades. Researchers in regions including Europe, the United States, and New Zealand have used the previously validated IMPACT mortality model to investigate these trends in many countries in Europe and elsewhere. Briefly, the model provides an estimate of the effect of changes in …

Large-scale prospective study examines dairy fat intake and its replacement with other types of fat in relation to CVD risk.

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    As very few prospective studies have examined the relation of dairy fat with heart disease, the purpose of this research was to evaluate this association in US adults. Using data from three major prospective US cohort studies [i.e. the HPFS (Health Professionals Follow-Up Study), the NHS (Nurses’ Health Study), and the NHS II.]  it was shown that, compared …

Margarines have never been lower in trans fatty acids than they are today

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The World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, 2013-2020, calls Member States to implement policies to replace trans fatty acids (TFA) with unsaturated fats. The IMACE voluntary efforts to continuously reduce the TFA level in their products, reflects its support for this recommendation. The IMACE voluntary Code of Practice on trans fatty acids, …

Key dietary recommendations on replacing SFA by unsaturated fats are confirmed once again by a high quality epidemiologic study

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  A recently published study conducted by Harvard University and Brigham hospitals (USA) (Wang et al., 2016) confirms, once again, the protective role of unsaturated fats on preventing death related to heart disease, cancer and neurogenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s). The study found that replacement of saturated fats with unsaturated fats can confer substantial health benefits and should continue to …

Imace Debate: “People, planet and profit: How to build up the case for sustainable diets?”

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Following the Euromonitor Consumer trends 2016 and confirmed by other sources, more of us will be eating greener in the future, more people will care about cutting down food waste in and beyond home, will try harder to avoid unhealthy food and foods that have a big environmental impact. More of us will be keener on more natural, sustainable and …

Ending palm oil driven deforestation

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The fall of 2015 was dominated by the fires in Indonesia. Global Forest Watch indicated that 56% of these fires were reported outside concessions, 33% on pulp wood plantations, 7% on palm oil concessions (of which 93% non-RSPO), and 4% on logging concessions. Of these commodities, Europe imports palm oil from Indonesia, which consequently received the bulk of the attention …

IMACE Sustainability Guide released

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World food demand is on the increase, driven by population growth, higher incomes, and changing diets. While vegetable spreads are increasingly recognized as an important element in the diet of the future, there are real and perceived challenges related to the sustainability credentials of margarine production. Our members already responded and are taken steps to make their businesses more sustainable. …