Saturated fats and health - What is the evidence?

Recently stories have arisen with conflicting evidence about the role of saturated fat in cardiovascular disease (CVD). A new advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) examines the effects of replacing intakes of saturated fat with other types of dietary fat and carbohydrates and the associated risk of developing CVD. The AHA has concluded strongly from this review that reducing intake of saturated fat will lower the risk of developing CVD.

To achieve this reduction and lessen CVD incidence it is advised that foods high in saturated fat should be replaced by those which are rich sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat.

 Some of the main findings from the review include:

  • Lower intakes of saturated fat and higher intakes of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat are associated with a lower risk of CVD
  • Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats lowers low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, a risk factor for atherosclerosis which is linked to the development of CVD
  • Replacing saturated fat with carbohydrates from refined grains and added sugars did not reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). However replacement with whole grains did show evidence of reducing CHD

For more tips on how to reduce your risk of CVD take a look at our heart disease and stroke page.

Posted: 12/07/2017 09:16:19 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: Carbohydrates, Cardiovascular disease, Dietary fat


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