Cambridge has finally finished a series of eighty studies involving half a million people and the conclusion they’ve reached is that saturated fats have little or no connection to heart disease. The study also says that “good” fats (vegetable fats mostly) do not lower the risk of a heart attack either.
This new study is turning heads and confusing the hell out of diet enthusiasts who have constantly been obsessed over reducing their fat intake (admittedly just to stay wafer thin). Hasn’t fat ALWAYS been the reason for heart failure? Well, apparently not.
The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a respected, biannual, medical journal published by the American College of Physicians. The lead author, Rajiv Chowdhury, says that sugary foods and carbohydrate rich diets leave artery clogging particles in the bloodstream while fats barely effect the flow of blood. He says new diet plans should focus on minimizing the carb intake.
Another study published in the British Medical Journal in October last year also suggested no link between saturated fats and cardiovascular risk, on the contrary it said that saturated fat had a protective property instead. Dr. Rajiv says that the fear of fat began with the “Seven Countries Study” published in the 50s and established that higher mortality rates and saturated and trans fat went hand in hand.
The results of this new study should be taken with a salt lick however, because years of study back up the notion that fat is the demon that clogs up our arteries. Keeping fat to a low 30% of our total intake and saturated fat to a minimal 10% should still be the standard.