Elevated intake of saturated fats increases heart disease risk

10:00 EST 30 Nov 2016 | Healio

Adults who consume higher levels of major saturated fatty acids have a heightened risk for developing coronary heart disease, and should replace saturated fats with healthier energy sources, according to findings published in The BMJ.“Prevailing dietary guidelines recommend keeping saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake below 10% of total energy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death worldwide,” Geng Zong, postdoctoral fellow at the department of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote. “However, findings from recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses remain inconsistent on the association between SFA intake and coronary heart disease, largely owing to SFA being compared to different macronutrients in published studies.”

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