Fresh from the BMJ:
“Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions”
Fascinating read, not that anyone following a ZC diet doesn’t already know this, but nevertheless it is good to see reports like this appearing in a credible medical journal.
I especially like this paragraph taken from the report:
“Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and (1) all-cause mortality, (2) coronary heart disease (CHD), (3) CHD mortality, (4) ischaemic stroke or (5) type 2 diabetes in healthy adults.1 Similarly in the secondary prevention of CHD there is no benefit from reduced fat, including saturated fat, on myocardial infarction, cardiovascular or all-cause mortality.2 It is instructive to note that in an angiographic study of postmenopausal women with CHD, greater intake of saturated fat was associated with less progression of atherosclerosis whereas carbohydrate and polyunsaturated fat intake were associated with greater progression.3 “
2 Replies to “Saturated fat does not clog the arteries”
Good stuff. Ancel Keys’s 70-year-old guess is still in need of being disproved – sad, but it’s happening. Interesting also to note gender differences in dietary effects.
Yes, I found the gender difference very interesting!