The following is from Dr. Briffa's latest posting:
'Some people at increased risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) might avoid the need to use drugs to modify their cholesterol levels if they make sufficient changes to their diet. Plant sterols and stanols have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, but it is not known whether the consumption of plant sterols as part of a low-fat diet will provide worthwhile additional benefit and whether they reduce CVD events.
There is a need for trials to test both efficacy and effectiveness of plant sterols and stanols in people who are at high risk of a first CVD event. These trials should test whether plant sterols or stanols change lipid profiles and reduce CVD events under best possible conditions. Randomised controlled trials are needed to test the effectiveness of advising people who are at high risk of experiencing a first CVD event to include food items containing plant sterols or stanols in a low-fat diet. The trial should last for at least 2 years and should consider appropriate outcomes.
People should not routinely be recommended to take plant sterols and stanols for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease'.
Read the above very carefully!
Now, the above might give succour to folk who espouse 'eat butter, it tastes great and rather than killing you is rather good for heart health' school of thinking. But the folk who think that man made 'heart healthy' fats churned in vast stainless steel, high pressure and chemically prodded God knows what is the way to go might question the source of the statement.
Well, it comes from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - most people will be aware of it's acronym NICE .
These are the people at the forefront of deciding the best outcomes from the best science with the public interest at the forefront.
Mashed spud with butter and cream?
What's the vote?