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The Truth About Saturated Fat

The Truth About Saturated Fat Posted on June 19, 2017

As you are probably aware, we have been long advised to reduce our intake of saturated fat to lessen our risk of heart disease. Government guidelines suggest no more than ten per cent of our daily kilojoules should come from saturated fat.

But in recent years, scientific reviews suggest there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, such as that published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

More recently, UK cardiologist Aseem Malhotra published his opinion in the British Medical Journal that saturated fat has been unfairly demonised. There does appear to be conflicting evidence on the dietary risk factors for heart disease, as it’s difficult to undertake properly controlled and randomised studies on the link between diet and disease. The current advice on saturated fats is based on a 1970 study, which showed a correlation between rates of heart disease, cholesterol levels and the amount of saturated fat in the diet. This “association” type of study is not the same as showing that high saturated fat intake in itself causes heart disease. There is also debate about the link between consuming saturated fat and its impact on cholesterol levels.

Your body needs some saturated fat. In my opinion, consuming moderate quantities of nutrient-rich natural sources of saturated fat, such as meat, eggs and butter, contributes to a balanced diet. It’s the processed foods containing saturated fat and high amounts of sugar, such as biscuits, that should be limited.


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