Are omega-3s just snake oil?

Posted 06 August 2014

This interesting article written by Elizabeth Preston raises a few interesting points, including how evidence from old studies may have been misinterpreted or miscommunicated, and these effects on claims and ongoing studies.

In the 1970s, a pair of Danish researchers ventured north of the Arctic Circle and into medical lore. Studying a scattered Inuit population, they concluded that eating plenty of fish and other marine animals protected this group from heart disease. The researchers would eventually suggest that everyone else’s hearts and arteries might also benefit from the “Eskimo diet,” promoting a health food trend that continues to this day. The only trouble is, the two Danes never proved that the Inuit had low rates of heart disease. They never tested it at all.

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