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Study Challenges Link Between Saturated Fat Intake and Heart Attacks

An article in The New York Times’ Well blog reports on a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine which has challenged the belief that saturated fat intake is linked to higher risk of cardiovascular events. Researchers “looked not only at what people reportedly ate, but at more objective measures such as the composition of fatty acids in their bloodstreams and in their fat tissue.” They found that people who had diets higher in saturated fats were not more likely to have suffered a cardiovascualar event. Moreover, people with diets low in saturated fats were not less likely to have suffered a cardiovascular event. Experts say that “the single macronutrient approach is outdated” and that “future dietary guidelines will put more and more emphasis on real food rather than giving an absolute upper limit or cutoff point for certain macronutrients.”

Read the article published by The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in Annals of Internal Medicine.