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    Default Does Dietary Saturated Fat Increase Blood Cholesterol?

    Thanks to Mr. Wizard for this comprehensive article.

    Stephan Guyenet
    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Does Dietary Saturated Fat Increase Blood Cholesterol? An Informal Review of Observational Studies

    The diet-heart hypothesis states three things:

    1. Dietary saturated fat increases blood cholesterol
    2. Elevated blood cholesterol increases the risk of having a heart attack
    3. Therefore, dietary saturated fat increases the risk of having a heart attack

    To evaluate the second contention, investigators have examined the relationship between blood cholesterol and heart attack risk. Many studies including MRFIT have shown that the two are related (1):

    The relationship becomes much more complex when you consider lipoprotein subtypes, density and oxidation level, among other factors, but at the very least there is an association between habitual blood cholesterol level and heart attack risk. This is what you would want to see if your hypothesis states that high blood cholesterol causes heart attacks.

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    Default Re: Does Dietary Saturated Fat Increase Blood Cholesterol?

    That's a great article. Thanks Mr Wizard.

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    Default Re: Does Dietary Saturated Fat Increase Blood Cholesterol?

    Thanks for the article, Mr. Wizard. IMHO, it isn't the saturated fat one eats, the problem is (and always has been) what else one is eating since nobody just eats fat. The so-called experts have managed to demonize everything from eggs to red meat to various types of fat, yet they say nothing about the real culprits: sweets and grain products. I fail to understand why these products are invariably such sacred cows that few experts even question their detrimental effects.

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