The soundbite summary: On a population level, yes, we need to reduce saturated fat. However, that does not mean every individual needs to do so. There are also other individual factors to look at such as the total diet, lifestyle, and genetics so that we need to stay away from a “saturated fat = bad” (or good) thought process.
- What are saturated fat and cholesterol, and why they are always talked about together;
- How saturated fat and cholesterol are related to heart disease;
- The work of Ancel Keys in the 1950s linking saturated fat to heart disease;
- The nuances of how saturated fat plays out at the individual level;
- Whether LDL cholesterol is the best predictor of cardiovascular disease risk;
- Guidelines for saturated fat in the diet; and
- What to do when your doctor recommends statins.
Montani et al., 2021. Ancel Keys: The legacy of a giant in physiology, nutrition, and public health.
True Health Initiative, 2017. Ancel Keys and the Seven Countries Study: An Evidence-based Response to Revisionist Histories.
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