As you may have seen or read in the news, research published in online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found no links between saturated fat intake and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (diseases of the heart and blood vessels that includes coronary heart disease).
The research used was a meta-analysis of 21 studies from across the world – that is, data from all of these studies was pooled together and analyzed as one set of data to draw conclusions.
It is important to note that the research examined was epidemiological, meaning it made associations between dietary patterns and lifestyle outcomes, and can’t be used to draw cause and effect conclusions. And it’s also one study – it’s important to take caution when interpreting it among the widespread agreement that consuming saturated fats is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
That being said, these findings certainly are interesting – we’ll be curious to find out what upcoming research finds about this sat fat-heart health link. Especially as trans and saturated fats are considered top contributors to cardiovascular disease risk.