Call for caution on omega-6 and heart health claims

A nutritional scientist and a heart surgeon have called on Health Canada to reassess claims of cardiac protection for oils high in omega-6 fatty acids following re-evaluation of data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study.

The experts say latest evidence suggests replacing dietary saturated fats with polyunsaturated acids reduces serum cholesterol, but actually increases the risk of coronary artery disease mortality.

Canola and soybean oils have been widely used in Canada but they are being replaced