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  1. #1 No evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease 
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    Another myth exploded.
    No evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease

    In other words, according to this review, there are no appropriately conducted randomised controlled trials to support the notion that cutting back on saturated fat is good for the prevention of heart disease. Add that finding to the one which shows no link between saturated fat and heart disease from cohort studies and where does that leave us? Well, the only logical conclusion to be drawn is that there really is no good evidence to support the widespread recommendation to reduce saturated fat intake for the sake of heart health.


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    I do not believe a word of it. Enough studies have been done to show a correlation between high saturated fat consumption and high levels of low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) which in turn correlates with arterial inflammation, and with heart disease.

    High consumption of certain polyunsaturated fats (not normal margarine) correlate with lower LDL, and with higher levels of high density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) which correlates with low arterial inflammation and low rates of heart disease.

    I think the reference posted was some guy with some personal agenda, who is cherry picking data.


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    This Harvard study seems to suggest that preservatives and salt may be the cause of diseases blamed on saturated fat:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8688104.stm

    But there was no such risk from eating even twice as much unprocessed meat, such as beef, lamb or pork.

    This was despite the fact the two forms of meat have a similar fat content.
    This claim seems odd. I would have thought most sausages are made of the fattiest cuts of meat.
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    Here is what the NIH says.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002468.htm

    I quote :

    "Eating too much saturated fat is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. A diet high in saturated fat causes a soft, waxy substance called cholesterol to build up in the arteries. Too much fat also increases the risk of heart disease because of its high calorie content, which increases the chance of becoming obese (another risk factor for heart disease and some types of cancer)."

    And from the American heart Association :

    http://www.americanheart.org/present...identifier=532

    "Saturated fat is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol. Saturated fat is found mostly in foods from animals and some plants. Foods from animals include beef, beef fat, veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses and other dairy products made from whole and 2 percent milk. All of these foods also contain dietary cholesterol. Foods from plants that contain saturated fat include coconut, coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil (often called tropical oils), and cocoa butter."

    These statements are research based - not just something that "seemed like a good idea at the time."
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