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Saturated fat does NOT cause cardiovascular diseases

Fatty food doesn´t make you fat neither does it cause any cardiovascular disesases, proves a new meta-analysis.

This research clearly shows that the current “consensus” on the topic that saturated fat elevates blood cholesterol which in turn causes  cardiovascular diseases simply isn’t either the truth or a fact. In reality cholesterol has nothing to do with atherosclerosis. It is even probable that about 600000 Finnish people eat cholesterol medication (mainly statins) in vain.

Silent chronic inflammation is most likely the key factor causing atherosclerosis. And this is nowadays self-caused by eating nutritient poor high-carbohydrate diet combined with previous microbe-infections which haven´t been effectively eradicated from the body (mainly because of bad diet -> high in sugars and carbohydrates). Avoiding fatty food and eating statins clearly isn´t a solution for that problem!

Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease

Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu and Ronald M Krauss

ABSTRACT

Background: A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health.

Objective: The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologic studies.

Design: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusion in this study. A random-effects model was used to derive composite relative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD.

Results: During 5–23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD. The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantiles of saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22) for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and 1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration of age, sex, and study quality did not change the results.

Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.

Received for publication March 6, 2009. Accepted for publication November 25, 2009.

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