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Saturated fats and health: SACN report

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on saturated fats and health.


Saturated fats and health: SACN report


This report considers the relationship between saturated fats, health outcomes and risk factors for non-communicable diseases in the general UK population.

The role of saturated fats in health was last considered by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA, the predecessor of SACN) in the reports on ‘Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom’ (COMA, 1991) and ‘Nutritional Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease’ (COMA, 1994). You can access both reports on the COMA reports web page.

Since 1994, the evidence base on saturated fats and health has grown considerably. This report is based on a further assessment of this evidence.

You can view the ‘Saturated fats and health: draft SACN report’ consultation documents online.

Published 1 August 2019