Saturated fats exonerated
Saturated Fats Exonerated

June 21, 2013
by Gabe Mirkin, MD

A review of 21 studies covering 348,000 adults shows
that eating large amounts of saturated fats does not
increase risk for heart disease and strokes
(American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 1,
2010). This is incredible because most doctors
believe that the close association of heart attacks
and strokes with eating meat or whole milk dairy
products is explained by their high saturated fat
content. Consider the following:
 
• Societies that eat lots of saturated fats in
coconut, palm and palm kernel oils are not at
increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and
premature death (although these oils may raise the
bad LDL cholesterol).
 
• Poultry is a rich source of saturated fats but has
not been shown to increase risk for premature death,
cancer or heart attacks.
 
• Replacing saturated fats with refined
carbohydrates actually increases heart attack risk
by increasing obesity, insulin resistance,
triglycerides, and small LDL particles that cause
heart attacks; and by lowering the good HDL
cholesterol that helps to prevent heart attacks.
 
This questions the American Heart Association’s
recommendation that adults get no more than seven
percent of their daily calories from saturated fat.
For many years I have reported that inflammation is
a more reliable predictor of future heart attacks
than blood cholesterol. A recent ezine showed how
mammal meat and dairy products can cause
inflammation. This is more likely to explain the
link between meat and heart attacks than the
saturated fat theory.
 
Today, saturated fats from plant sources, poultry
and seafood appear to be healthful as long as you do
not take in more calories than you burn.

(See also:
Saturated fats exonerated,
Paper denying link betweeen saturated fats and heart
attacks criticized)