Saturated fat does not cause heart disease according to latest meta analysis of past studies

Saturated fat (animal fat, butter, coconut oil)  has been touted as the villain fat causing heart disease, but when the facts are laid out on the table and re-examined, there is no evidence to support that theory.

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A meta analysis is an examination of past and current trials to tease out the truth by comparing the research done so far.  A Paper entitled “Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease” came to a surprising conclusion.  It examined 21 studies with 347,747 subjects and concluded “there is no significant evidence for concluding that  dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) or CVD (Cardiovascular Disease).  To upload a copy of the study click here and see also  a  (similar study).

So where did the idea come from in the first place? It is surprising to find out that some of the earlier studies done in the 1950’s were using hydrogenated coconut oil as the “saturated fat” to compare with other oils.  (Modern trials still do this too!) No wonder the results were negative, as hydrogenated oils have been heated to high temperatures with a nickel catalyst to change the molecular structure of the fat to create a “trans” fat.  Copha is a hydrogenated fat as it does not turn to liquid at room temperature like unprocessed coconut oil.

Most of our modern oils are heat treated to preserve the oil and stop it stinking.

It is now recognized that altered fats like trans fats are indeed a major contributing factor to the global epidemic of CVD.  However many countries are not following the example of Denmark. “Denmark is a country that has shown a reduced prevalence of cardiovascular disease by reducing sources of trans fats in the diet. Despite the evidence of their impact on health, many countries still do not take any action and significant amounts of Trans Fatty Acids remain in their foods and therefore in the diet of its population.”

How many people have suffered needlessly and will suffer in this generation?  We call Heart Disease a “modern disease”.  So how can we blame ancient saturated fats that have helped mankind survive for millenniums.  In our clinic we encourage our clients to eliminate ALL processed oils except COLD PRESSED virgin oils and return to our ancient fats.  Good health soon follows the change:)


About Julie

Nutritionist working in the Brisbane area Queensland Australia.
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