In The Washington Post online, I found a reference to an analysis published last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The objective of the meta-analysis was “to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologic studies.”
Twenty-one studies were identified and analyzed. The conclusions stated that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. ”
As I have mentioned in a previous post about low-fat diets, too many “health experts,” doctors, and government agencies say that “Everyone knows that . . .” when referring to saturated fats, low-fat diets, and other related topics. The “fat police” have been demonizing butter, animal fats, coconut oil, and even egg yolks for many years, always claiming it’s for our health. Apparently even the “establishment” is beginning to realize that the science behind the fat scare is limited, at best. The Washington Post article called the meta-analysis a “major piece of research.” How many more “experts” will we hear say “everyone knows,” or the equivalent, before they learn that “everyone” does not know and that they are WRONG?
More posts on the topic of saturated fats:
August 29, 2011, Enjoy Saturated Fats, They’re Good For You! by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD, a cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Health Benefits of a Low-Carbohydrate, High-Saturated-Fat Diet by Donald W. Miller, Jr. MD, is a more condensed version of on the same subject linked above.