Concerns lead generic drug makers to provide funds for FDA testing

Drs. Oz and Roizen write about FDA testing for generic drugs and why, despite what two recent studies say, it’s still best to avoid saturated fats.
BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D. Modified: April 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014
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Q: I just read that saturated fats aren’t really bad for your heart. So cheeseburgers are OK now?

— Gary T., Mobile, Ala.

A: Hold on, Gary; take a step back from the drive-thru. The reporting on a couple of new studies about the health effects of eating saturated fats is missing a nutritional boatload of information. We’ve seen the headlines that declare “Low Saturated Fat Diets Don’t Curb Heart Disease Risk” and “Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Studies Don’t Support Heart Benefit.” But that’s not actually what the studies showed.

In study No. 1, published in Open Heart/BMJ, researchers concluded that if you replace saturated fat in your diet with known heart-damaging foods such as refined carbohydrates and excess amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, you are not doing your heart any favors. Well, duh!

The real point? You can’t boot trans and most saturated fats out of your diet and then ignore our advice on eating only 100 percent whole grains or avoiding added sugars and sugar syrups and expect to stay heart healthy!

And in study No. 2 from the Annals of Internal Medicine, well, we have no way of knowing about the general dietary or lifestyle habits of the thousands of people in the 76 studies that got lumped together to somehow determine the nonbenefits of omega-3 supplements. How many had a diet loaded with processed and refined carbs, added sugars and syrups, and an excess amount of omega-6 fatty acids from corn oil, for example? They didn’t say.

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