A new meta-analysis in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition collates 21 studies of almost 350,000 people whose diet and health outcomes had been followed for 5-23 years. The conclusion? Saturated fats are not correlated with heart disease, cardiovascular disease or stroke.
This is really big news. It’s one of the largest studies ever done on the topic of saturated fat and heart disease. It was authored by researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute who relied on 21 peer-reviewed papers.
While the researchers did conclude that more research needed to be done to suss out some finer repercussions, these findings are sure to make waves in the clinical nutrition community.