A new study published in the BMJ concludes that saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke or type-2 diabetes. This is the latest in a long line of studies I’ve written about that have shown that saturated fats aren’t the culprits they were once thought to be.
Researchers analyzed the results of 50 observational studies examining the correlations between saturated fats and/or trans fats and increased disease risk in adults. What they did discover is that is that trans fats were associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke or type-2 diabetes.
The researchers stress that these results are based on observational studies, and more research needs to be done. The lead author of the study, Russell de Souza, explains that they aren’t necessarily advocating a higher intake of saturated fats, but that consuming trans fats have no health benefits and lead to a significant risk for heart disease.
These and other studies suggest replacing foods high in trans fats with natural, healthy fat is found in olives and olive oil, avocado, seeds, nuts, seed and nut oils and butters, and oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel and butter. While the verdict is still out on the optimal intake, saturated fat, found in meats, butter and coconut oil, poses no health risk when your carb intake is low enough, and you are burning fat for fuel.