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Systematic review of the evidence for relationships between specified fatty acids and blood cholesterol

(July 2017)

FSANZ has prepared a systematic review of the evidence for relationships between saturated, cis monounsaturated, cis polyunsaturated fatty acids and selected individual fatty acids, and blood cholesterol concentration.

This systematic review includes our consideration of three EU-authorised health claims:

  • Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels
  • α-linolenic acid contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels
  • Linoleic acid contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol level

FSANZ is also periodically updating the reviews on which the current high level health claims are based. This systematic review also includes our consideration of the existing pre-approved health claims about:

  • saturated fatty acids and blood cholesterol
  • saturated and trans fatty acids and blood cholesterol (saturated fatty acid component only). Read the review about the trans fatty acid component here.

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