This slide deck depicts scientific data regarding health effects of butter, margarine and vegetable oils. I show how unequivocal the scientific data is due to many interacting factors and imperfect research methods. My conclusion: Dietary pattern loaded with butter is unhealthier than otherwise similar food pattern having vegetables oils or margarine as main edible fat.
Nordic diet was recently hyped in some media due to SYSDIET study and increasing popularity of Scandinavian cuisine (“Noma diet”). 24 week long SYSDIET study demonstrated that Nordic diet reduces some indicators of cholesterol metabolism and one inflammatory marker (IL-1Ra) when compared to unhealthy diet without affecting blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. My slide deck describes the findings of the study and some fallacies in media coverage regarding the study. Nordic diet was not shown to be better than Mediterranean diet.
You have probably heard of Predimed study. It was an extraordinary study which cemented the benefits of Mediterranean diet. One of the principal investigators, professor Jordi Salas-Salvadó kindly answered some questions I had on my mind regarding the Study.
Jordi Salas-Salvadó works as a professor of nutrition and director of human nutrition unit at Rovira i Virgili University, Reus, Spain.
Reijo Laatikainen: First of all, congratulations for the great results and being able to carry out such a huge study successfully! Is the research team happy with the results?
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