A new advisory issued by the American Heart Association unequivocally states that replacing foods high in saturated fats with those that contain unsaturated fats can reduce a person’s risk of developing heart disease as much as cholesterol-lowering drugs.
“We want to set the record straight on why well-conducted scientific research overwhelmingly supports limiting saturated fat in the diet to prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels,” states lead author Dr. Frank Saks, leader of the advisory and professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“Saturated fat increases LDL —bad cholesterol — which is a major source of artery clogging plaque and cardiovascular disease,” he says.
Saturated fats are found in meat, full-fat dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut, palm, and others.
Other types of fat include polyunsaturated fats found in corn, soybean, peanut, and other oils and monounsaturated fats found in olive, canola, safflower, avocado, and other oils.
The AHA advisory is based on clinical trials that found lowering dietary intake of saturated fat and replacing it with polyunsaturated vegetable oils reduced cardiovascular disease by approximately 30 percent. That is…