OK, so this isn’t necessarily breaking news, you may have heard a few people sticking up for saturated fat in last few years since a few studies suggested that it may not be saturated fat that causes heart disease after all. Well these loyal defenders of sat fat seem to have been right all along when a recent meta- analysis (an amalgamation of studies on a specific subject area) of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence to suggest that dietary saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease.
Although saturated fat isn’t thought to be the cause of heart disease directly, there is no question about its calorific content (9kcal per gram), similarly there is no question of fats role in weight gain and likewise, the part being overweight has to play on heart disease is irrefutable. So it is fair to say that too much fat is likely to increase your risk of heart disease, but to blame it solely on saturated fat is somewhat unfair and fundamentally wrong!
Siri- Tarino, P, W., Sun, Q., Hu, F, B, & Krauss, R, M. (2009). Meta analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.