So what kind of diets were the participants mainly following?
“The current focus on promoting low-fat diets ignores the fact that most people’s diets in low and middle income countries are very high in carbohydrates, which seem to be linked to worse health outcomes,” said lead author of the findings, Dr Mahshid Dehghan from McMaster University, Canada.
The group of authors behind the research are now calling for an overhaul of the Australian dietary guidelines.
“Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality. Whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke. Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings,” the authors concluded.