Health authorities in Brazil have issued warnings for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease to take action to cut down on their intake of saturated fats.
Key points:Health authorities in South America’s second-largest country are warning of health risks linked to high saturated fatsIn the United States, people with a higher risk of heart disease have a higher saturated fat intakeA US study found the risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by 12% when people ate fewer saturated fat-rich foodsSource: The Australian Financial PressBut Brazilian health authorities have cautioned people to be cautious about consuming saturated fats, saying they can increase the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetics.
The health authorities issued a new alert on Wednesday, warning that the saturated fat in processed foods and foods that are high in refined carbohydrates can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood sugar and high cholesterol.
The alert also said people with certain heart conditions, such as those who have had a heart attack, have a greater risk of developing high blood cholesterol levels.
“High saturated fat intakes have been associated with increased risk of some cardiovascular diseases,” Dr. Marta Pinto, the head of the health advisory group in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, said in a statement.
“The consumption of saturated fat is a risk factor for certain cardiovascular diseases and the consumption of these products may lead to adverse health effects.”
“We recommend that the consumption and consumption of the diet with the highest consumption of carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and fats be avoided.”
She said people should also limit the amount of saturated fatty acids in their diet.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is expected to address the public on Wednesday on her health reforms, and the country is facing the largest economic crisis in decades.
“We must continue to fight the excess consumption of energy, we must also support the efforts of the Brazilian economy,” she said in her speech on Tuesday.
“All of us need to focus on reducing the burden of chronic diseases and improving our health.”
She is expected take aim at the saturated fats that are found in processed food and other processed foods, including many margarines and spreads, which have been blamed for the obesity epidemic.
Health experts in Brazil say a diet rich in refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, fat and salt are not healthy.
Health authorities have warned that a large part of the world’s saturated fat supply is coming from processed foods.
There is also a huge demand for the food products, which contain high levels of saturated sugars and trans fats.
“It’s a problem of globalisation and a globalisation of consumption, so we need to change that, and we have to change the diet of our children, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Dr Pinto said.
“In terms of the use of saturated products, I’m very much against that.”
The Brazilian health authority has said it is in the process of investigating the health effects of consuming a diet high in saturated fats in restaurants and on supermarket shelves.
It said it had received numerous reports of patients with high cardiovascular disease or diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions being prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to treat their symptoms.
“Our patients were told that it is very important that they avoid saturated fats,” Dr Raul Salgado, head of health advisory at the state health department, said.