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The Redemption of the Great British Breakfast!

Join us to debate the motion ‘This house believes in the redemption of the fats in the British breakfast!’, and challenge the previously long held belief that saturated fats have an important effect as a causative agent of cardiovascular disease.

There are problems with the often quoted papers by the likes of Ancel Keys which have helped create the current assumptions that saturated fats are unhealthy. The current assumptions may themselves be unsafe according to recent meta-analyses. Further, properly conducted blinded randomised control trials are required to establish the facts. However, in many countries the health authorities are actively seeking to reduce saturated fat levels in the national diet through legislation and general health education/advice. Is this at the price of enjoyment of our food without achieving any real health benefit?

Supporting the motion will be Dr Malcolm Kendrick, a GP from Macclesfield and the author of ‘The Great Cholesterol Con’. He has long been a critic of the diet-heart/cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease and is a member of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (www.thincs.org).

Speaking against the motion will be Professor Bruce Griffin, a biomedical scientist at the Faculty of Health & Medical Science, University of Surrey, Guildford. He has expertise in lipid metabolism, nutritional biochemistry and cardiovascular disease.

The master of ceremonies will be Dr Kevin Smith of Fat Science Consulting Ltd. Kevin is the chair of SCI's Lipids Group and has formerly worked in senior positions at the Unilever Colworth laboratory.

After each presentation, there will be a short time for questions and the evening will be concluded with an audience vote with your opportunity to let us know if you think bacon and egg is really dangerous to your health!


Dr Malcolm Kendrick | talks
Professor Bruce Griffin | talks


Date and Time:

22 September 2011 at 6:00 pm


2 hours



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