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ARE WE WRONG ABOUT FAT?

Oficial advice has long been to limit fat intake – but some scientists are challenging medical consensus and demanding a rethink
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According to the NHS, ‘to cut your risk of heart disease, it’s best to reduce your overall fat intake and swap saturated fats (the kind found in animal fat products like cheese, butter and meat) for unsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds, oily fish and vegetable oils)’. Yet recent headlines are dominated by a different argument: that saturated fat has been wrongly demonised, and cholesterol isn’t the cause of heart disease. ‘At medical school, we’re taught 50 per cent of what we learn will turn out to be outdated or wrong within five years,’ says Dr Aseem Malhotra, consultant cardiologist at The Lister Hospital, London. ‘When it comes to heart disease, a lot of people are regurgitating old science, either because they don’t believe it’s evolving, or have a vested interest as they’ve based their careers on these flawed hypotheses.’

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Have you thought about your sleep recently? It’s one of the key pillars of our wellbeing, which is why we’ve delved into all things bedtime this issue. Inside, you’ll find simple, science-backed fixes to all your sleep worries, from insomnia to snoring, plus our body clock training plan and moves to help you snooze. We investigate whether fat really deserves its bad rep, uncover the intricacies of the placebo effect, and explore 2019’s biggest wellness trend: blue health. Plus, our food section champions light Easter bakes, three beauty experts dish on their bedtime routines, and Jess Ennis-Hill talks family and fitness since retiring. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!