29 JANUARY 1972, Page 19

Fatty generation

Sir: I have recently been shown an article by John Rowan Wilson (December 25) in which he states that "Some say. ... (in connection with coronary heart disease) that the offending component is the large amount of fat that we eat, especially the so-called polyunsaturated fats:" In fact of course, it is the saturated animal fats which are implicated in the development of coronary heart disease.

As Dr Wilson remarks in the conclusion of this article, " Since keeping the public in the dark is now regarded by everyone as not only undesirable but impossible, the best policy is to try to give as full and balanced an account of the situation as we can . . . the risks from over-consumption of carbohydrates and fats are very real ..."

Would it be possible for Dr Rowan Wilson to provide some further information on the probable dangers of saturated fats in the diet and the probable advan tages of polyunsaturated fats?

Jill Phillipson Flora Information Service, 25 North Row, London WI