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Saturated Fat Safe While Trans Fats Are Not

In case there was any question about this, a new study published in the British Medical Journal showed that saturated fat (as found in butter, coconut oil, animal fat, etc.) is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, or death.  On the other hand, trans fats were found to increase both the risk of death and cardiovascular disease.  Specifically,"...consumption of industrial trans fats was associated with a 34 per cent increase in death for any reason, a 28 per cent increased risk of CHD mortality, and a 21 per cent increase in the risk of CHD". (McMaster University. "Trans fats, but not saturated fats like butter, linked to greater risk of early death and heart disease." ScienceDaily. (accessed August 16, 2015)  I'm thankful that long ago (over 20 years) I was advised to avoid processed vegetable oils (soy, corn, canola, etc.).  Unfortunately, this still isn't common knowledge, and you will still routinely hear experts suggest "lowering saturated fat" in order to help prevent heart disease.  Since there are so many foods that most of us try to avoid for health purposes, it's nice to know that saturated fat doesn't have to be one of them.

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