I can show this in just a couple of examples of recent research:
1) In a 2010 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – A 5-23 year follow-up of 347,747 people, concluded that: “An intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of Coronary Heart Disease, stroke, or Cardio Vascular Disease”. (ie, Saturated fat does NOT cause heart disease)
2) In a very recent study in 2014 in the Annals of Internal Medicine – covered a review of 32 studies on 530,525 participants, concluded that: “the evidence does not support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of saturated fats”. (ie, low consumption of saturated fat is NOT healthy, and a higher consumption of polyunsaturated fat (ie in vegetable oils) is also NOT healthy)
3) In a 2013 study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal – which was a review of many studies on saturated fat, concluded that:
- A reduction of saturated fat INCREASES cardiovascular disease,
- Saturated fat is actually cardioprotective (protects the heart!),
- Saturated fat reduces inflammation,
- In a study of different groups of people eating 90% fat, 90% protein or 90% carbs, the largest weight loss was in the fat-consuming group!
- Low fat diets cause insulin resistance (ie pre-diabetes), and unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, leading to increased heart disease.
So why are these studies (and many more that confirm this) completely the opposite of what the general public are being told? Basically poor science combined with great marketing, greed for money, or scientists wanting fame and fortune? Or maybe other reasons...
So what does actually cause heart disease, if it's not saturated fat? Many research studies have confirmed that the following are the main causes of heart disease:
1) trans fat - in processed foods, margarine and bakery products,
2) sugar, grains and other processed carbohydrates (which break down into sugar in the body),
3) certain fats and oils (mainly vegetable oils) which are used for cooking when they shouldn't be, as they become oxidised and turn rancid or toxic when heated,
4) environmental or other factors such as stress, inflammation, and more...
There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease, and I'd like to help, if you would like more information or assistance on this topic.