Saturated Fats

Saturated Fats – Not the Embodiment of Evil After All

On August 11, 2015, the Medical Express (medicalexpress.com) reported on a just-release study looking at saturated fats and trans fats.  LINK

“Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to greater risk of death and heart disease.”

“A study led by researchers at McMaster University has found that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, but saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or Type 2 diabetes.”

  • “The team found no clear association between higher intake of saturated fats and death for any reason, coronary heart disease (CHD), cardiovascular disease (CVD), ischemic stroke or type 2 diabetes.”
  • ‘However, consumption of industrial trans fats was associated with a 34 per cent increase in death for any reason, a 28 per cent increased risk of CHD mortality, and a 21 per cent increase in the risk of CHD.”
  • “Inconsistencies in the studies analysed meant that the researchers could not confirm an association between trans fats and type 2 diabetes. And, they found no clear association between trans fats and ischemic stroke.”
  • “The researchers stress that their results are based on observational studies, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.”
  • “However, the authors write that their analysis “confirms the findings of five previous systematic reviews of saturated and trans fats and CHD.” “

Paper: Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.

The BMJ, http://www.bmj.com/cgi/doi/10.1136/bmj.h3978  LINK  to full text article

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