Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Saturated Fats: Evil, or Misunderstood?
Recent publications have found no correlation between intake of saturated fat and coronary heart disease (CHD)—see, for example, the recent meta-analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition—but the debate over the role of saturated fat continues. In the same issue of the Journal, another study reports that reducing saturated fat only works if you replace it with something better. If you replace saturated fat with carbohydrates, the effects on heart disease will be even worse.
The panel's recommendations:
1 - Replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6) in the diet, and
2 - Limit saturated fat to 10 percent of daily calories or less.
Translation: Replace more of your animal fats with vegetable fats.