A recent editorial review of studies into the effects of saturated fat has found no association between consumption of saturated fat and certain medical concerns such as coronary heart disease, ischaemic stroke or type 2 diabetes.
The editorial, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and looks at the results of a number of observational studies together, determines that the current medical approach to saturated fat is misguided and that a ‘paradigm shift’ into the origin and treatment of coronary artery is urgently required.
The editorial warns that ‘the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong’ and that it endangers the public as a result. It advocates understanding cholesterol inflammation as being like a ‘pimple’ within the artery, which causes medical complications when it ruptures.
The editorial was written by Dr Aseem Malhotra in the UK, Dr Rita Redberg in the US, and Dr Pascal Meier in Switzerland.
It also states that more important than dietary saturated fat intake is regular brisk walking, and states that ‘combining a complete lifestyle approach of a healthful diet, regular movement and stress reduction will improve quality of life, reduce cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.’
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