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Articles July 2010 Issue

Substituting Polyunsaturated for Saturated Fats Reduces Heart Risk

In light of a recent review questioning the link between saturated-fat intake and heart disease (May 2010 Healthlet-ter), another new meta-analysis suggests the key to heart health may be what you eat instead of saturated fats. If you replace saturated fats such as butter with processed carbohy-drates, you may be no better off. But replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats such as those in liquid vegetable oils reduced the risk of a coronary heart disease-related event by 19%.

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