London: For those who have been avoiding fatty foods to take care of your heart, here’s a word of warning.A new study has found that a low-fat diet may not protect against heart disease unless you eat ‘good fats’ too.In one of the largest studies of heart disease ever, scientists at the University of Cambridge examined the diets of 25,000 people of Britain aged between 40 and 79.The researchers found that those people who ate foods rich in omega 6 – a fatty acid present in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds – significantly reduced their risk of heart problems.But those who had simply cut their intake of unhealthy saturated fat were not able to reduce their risk to the same extent.The researchers suggest the ‘balance of fats’ in our diets could be the key to preventing coronary heart disease, which is the UK’s biggest killer.They say the current advice to reduce saturated fat in our diets is right, but ‘inconsistent’, because it does not tell people what to replace it with.
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