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Articles May 2010 Issue

Links Between Saturated Fat, Blood Cholesterol & Heart Disease Prove Complex

Anew meta-analysis suggests that the connections between saturated fat intake, blood cholesterol and heart disease may be more complicated than scientists have thought. Previous studies have demonstrated that saturated fat can raise blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol, and high LDL is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke. So it seems logical that saturated fat consumption would likewise be linked to heart disease. But the review of 21 studies totaling 347,747 people failed to find a significant association between saturated fat intake and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke or cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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