Saturated Fat Not Linked to Heart Disease

Friday, February 12, 2010
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

A meta-analysis of 21 studies involving almost 350,000 people followed their diets ranging from 6 years to 23 years.  The study found no link between the intake of saturated fat1 and the risk for heart disease or stroke.  Studies like this drive the statin-pushing American Heart Association (AHA) crazy.

Yes, the AHA and other public health pundits have been blowing smoke for decades. Sure, excessive saturated fat in anyone’s diet is a problem, especially when combined with soda, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, refined white flour, French fries, potato chips, and other gems of the Western diet.  However, saturated fat in and of itself has never been and never will be the cause of heart disease.  And neither will dietary cholesterol.

Individuals do not need to drastically reduce or eliminate saturated fat from their diets in order to lose weight or prevent heart disease.  They do need to eat better quality food, consume correct portions at meals, and follow the Five Rules of The Leptin Diet


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Saturated Fat and Heart Disease  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  Robert H. Eckel, et al.

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