No link between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease

Monday 15 June 2015
Based on several major studies, researchers have not been able to support the commonly suspected link between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease.

Based on several major studies, researchers have not been able to support the commonly suspected link between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. Researchers recommend examining the whole food product rather than specifically focussing on individual ingredients.

The research was carried out by experts at the universities of Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford, and involved comparing 76 studies featuring a total of 659,000 research patients.

The research organiser states there is no need for people to worry about their intake of saturated fats. However, this should not be seen as a green light to consume (unlimited amounts of) saturated fats.
Researchers believe misleading result can be obtained when only researching individual ingredients. For instance, if certain ingredients are omitted, this could be compensated for by adding other ingredients and substances.

According to researchers, studies about a single ingredient, like fat, are an out-dated concept. Food guidelines will have to place greater emphasis on consuming certain foods rather than complying with minimum or maximum intakes per ingredient.