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Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) publish Saturated Fats and Health Report

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) welcomes the report which strengthens the evidence and supports the existing advice that a balanced diet limiting the amount of saturated fat can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Our current advice to limit saturated fats remains unchanged.

We know people in Scotland are eating too much saturated fat, and we encourage people to check food labels and choose lower saturated fat options where possible to help maintain good health.

Background

  • Find more information about SACN and the full report on Saturated Fats and Health
  • SACN is an independent expert committee that advises the United Kingdom government and the devolved nations on nutrition matters. Food Standards Scotland attends SACN meetings and working groups as observers on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • The Scottish dietary goals, which are based on recommendations from SACN and scientific evidence, remains that we should consume no more than 10% of total energy (11% of food energy) from saturated fat for adults and children aged five years and older.

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