Studies Show the Link Between Saturated Fats and Heart Disease May Not be There
Senior citizens are usually tasked with managing an assortment of health problems, with one of them being heart disease. But new research has found that the link between heart disease and eating saturated fats may be more myth than fact.
Saturated Fats: Explained
While it’s fairly common knowledge that saturated fats are one of the “bad” fats (the other kind being trans saturated fats), what they are and what they do aren’t as well known.
Saturated fats have their carbon atoms loaded with hydrogen atoms, which causes them to take on a solid state at room temperature. They’re found in a lot of foods, with some of the most common being butter, cheese, lamb, lard, pork, tallow, fatty beef, and others.
The Long-Accepted Evidence
For decades, researchers and the public accepted that eating a lot of saturated fats led to more low density lipoprotein (LDL) in the bloodstream, which was theorized to negatively impact the heart’s ability to work efficiently. In plainer terms, more saturated fats meant more “bad” cholesterol, and more “bad” cholesterol meant a higher risk of things like heart attacks and strokes.
And Then Everything Changed
An NPR article has shed new light on the matter, calling attention to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers, led by Rajiv Chowdhury, are arguing that ingesting a diet high with saturated fats does not lead to a higher chance of heart disease as once thought.
The team pored over 72 different studies that were performed on the link between eating saturated fats and the increased risk of heart disease, and found something startling: there is no reason to believe that the supposed link is there, and there’s no evidence that eating foods lower in saturated fats is an effective way of lower the risk of heart disease.
Two other nuggets they unearthed in their analysis were:
What Seniors Should Do Instead
The NPR article has gleaned the following bits from the article: