Mexico: Quality of fat intake determines risk of CVD
Although 75% of Mexicans surveyed fall within the recommended fat intake, their saturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids intake exceeded healthy diet recommendations - placing them at higher risk for CVD, according to new research. Around 60% of Mexicans surveyed had an average intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids - which help reduce the risk of CVD and promote cardiovascular health - below the recommended amount. Researchers indicate that it is not the quantity of fat intake that causes CVD, but rather the quality of fat. Cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes are currently the leading causes of death in Mexico.
"Fatty acids intake in the Mexican population: Results of the National Nutrition Survey 2006"
Nutrition and Metabolism 2011; published online 8 June 2011 (open access)
Date Posted: 14 June 2011