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WHO Draft Guidelines Call For Reduced Intake Of Saturated Fats To Prevent Cardiovascular Disease; Organization Opens Public Consultation Period For Guidelines

Associated Press: WHO: Saturated fat should be less than 10 percent of diet
“The World Health Organization is taking on the battle of the bulge, saying that saturated fats shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of a person’s diet…” (5/4).

Reuters: Eat less saturated, trans fats to curb heart disease: WHO
“…The draft recommendations, the first since 2002, are aimed at reducing non-communicable diseases, led by cardiovascular diseases, blamed for 72 percent of the 54.7 million estimated deaths worldwide every year, many before the age of 70…” (Nebehay, 5/4).

U.N. News: ‘Bad’ fats targeted in new global health guidelines
“… ‘If we really want to get rid of the dangers of the excess trans-fat then there must be a very strong, energetic action from governments to ensure that manufactured products do not use hydrogenated vegetable oil,’ said Dr. Francesco Branca, WHO’s nutrition director. … Before WHO publishes its draft guidelines officially later this year, it intends to hold public consultations around the world to ensure that they best meet regional needs…” (5/4).

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