SAT­U­RATED FAT: WE’VE GOT IT ALL WRONG Q:

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Should I avoid sat­u­rated fat for a health­ier heart? sig­nif­i­cant ev­i­dence for con­clud­ing that di­etary sat­u­rated fat is as­so­ci­ated with an in­creased risk of (coro­nary heart dis­ease) or CVD [car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease].”

And if that weren’t enough, a sys­tem­atic re­view of the ev­i­dence sup­port­ing a causal link between diet and coro­nary heart dis­ease pub­lished in the Au­gust 2013 is­sue of the Ar­chives of In­ter­nal Medicine found that there was “no ev­i­dence” to sup­port the need for over­all re­duc­tion of sat­u­rated fats, with the au­thors rais­ing con­cerns about mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions with­out the ben­e­fit of ran­dom­ized con­trol tri­als. There was also con­cern that lim­it­ing di­etary fat in gen­eral re­sults in in­creased con­sump­tion of car­bo­hy­drates. That was es­pe­cially wor­ri­some, since, un­like sat­u­rated fats, high-glycemic foods—along with trans fats—ac­tu­ally are as­so­ci­ated with an in­creased risk of heart dis­ease.

In other words, de­spite its de­mo­niza­tion by health au­thor­i­ties and de­spite the mas­sive ef­forts by Big Food to sell you junky, sugar-filled “no-fat” prod­ucts, no ev­i­dence ex­ists to sup­port a di­rect re­la­tion­ship between sat­u­rated fat and heart dis­ease. None.

Stud­ies Vin­di­cate Sat­u­rated Fat

A Har­vard study in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion con­cludes that “greater sat­u­rated fat in­take is as­so­ci­ated with less pro­gres­sion of coro­nary ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis, whereas car­bo­hy­drate in­take is as­so­ci­ated with a greater pro­gres­sion.”

Did you get that? To pre­vent ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis, skip the bread and other high-carb foods, not the healthy sat­u­rated fats from whole foods like co­conut, palm oil, and grass-fed beef. In fact, in the fa­mous Fram­ing­ham, Mass., heart study, the more

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