Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats may help reduce risk of CV disease

“This report is computer analysis of self-reporting eating habits of 128,000 participants. Beware of that type of research. The authors make a good point, shown in other studies, that carbohydrates are bad. The switch from fat to carbohydrates in food is one of the leading causes of obesity in our culture.” Bill Chesnut, MD

 Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats may help reduce risk of CV disease

TIME (9/29, Park) reports that research “published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that too much saturated fat is indeed harmful to the heart,” but “if you cut out calories from saturated fat, the kinds of calories you replace them with can be just as” harmful.

On its website, NBC News (9/29) reports that investigators “used two big, ongoing studies of nearly 85,000 nurses and 43,000 doctors who fill out detailed questionnaires about what they eat every four years.”

The Boston Globe (9/29, Boodman) carries a “Stat” article that reports, “Swapping saturated fats for refined carbohydrates like white rice had no effect on heart disease, while replacing them with unsaturated fats — abundant in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and fish — lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 15 to 25 percent.” Meanwhile, “replacing saturated fats with whole grains led to a smaller but still significant reduction in the risk of clogged arteries and heart attack.”

AMA News, October, 2015.