NEWS FLASH : Saturated Fat May Not Be The Villain We’ve All Made It Out To Be!

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!

References

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.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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