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Amazing Wellness - - HEALTH Q&A -

Ev­ery­one knows sat­u­rated fat raises choles­terol and leads to heart dis­ease, right? Not so fast. The great writer H. L . Mencken once said, “For ev­ery com­plex ques­tion, there is a sim­ple an­swer. And it is always wrong.”

If you ask your av­er­age doc­tor why you should avoid sat­u­rated fat, he or she will prob­a­bly tell you this: “Sat­u­rated fat raises choles­terol and causes heart dis­ease.” In fact, sat­u­rated fat has be­come so de­mo­nized that it’s next to im­pos­si­ble to find it men­tioned in a news­pa­per or mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle with­out be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by the de­scrip­tion “artery-clog­ging.”

But what most peo­ple—in­clud­ing, sadly, your av­er­age doc­tor—don’t know is that stud­ies have never con­vinc­ingly demon­strated the re­la­tion­ship between sat­u­rated fat in the diet and heart dis­ease. Never.

In fact, sev­eral re­search re­view pa­pers found quite the op­po­site. One of the re­views, pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion, com­pared the ad­vice we get re­gard­ing sat­u­rated fat from lead­ing health or­ga­ni­za­tions to what the sci­ence ac­tu­ally says. The au­thors found that de­spite the ad­mo­ni­tions to avoid sat­u­rated fat due to its con­nec­tion to heart dis­ease, the sci­ence shows noth­ing of the sort. Their con­clu­sion: “Re­sults and con­clu­sions about sat­u­rated fat in­take in re­la­tion­ship to car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, from lead­ing ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees, do not re­flect the avail­able sci­en­tific ev­i­dence.”

An­other ar­ti­cle, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Nutri­tion, went even fur­ther: “There is no

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