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    This is from Dr. Gabe Mikin's e-Zine Health and Fitness Newsletter:

    Saturated Fat from Meat, Not from Plants, Linked to Heart Attacks

    A study from the University of Texas in Houston shows that saturated fats from meat are associated with increased heart attack risk, while saturated fats from milk and plants are not (Am J Clin Nutr, July 3, 2012). Study subjects were 45-84 years old, and were followed for 10 years.

    Since the early 1940s, scientists have told us that ALL saturated fats raise cholesterol and increase heart attack risk. We also have been told that substituting polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats for saturated fats lowers cholesterol and helps prevent heart attacks.

    Recent studies show that this is not completely true. Just about everyone agrees that eating saturated fats in meats increases heart attack risk. However, while saturated fats from plants may raise cholesterol, they have not been associated with increased heart attack risk.

    Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Heath, Fitness and Nutrition

    Comments please.

  • #2
    your link brings me to an exceptionally cluttered homepage and not any specific article.

    Study fails to link saturated fat, heart disease | Reuters

    The Daily Lipid: Saturated Fat Is Not Associated With CVD, Evidence of Publication Bias

    oh, and... yawn. "just about everyone agrees" because they are still believing in the lipid hypothesis which has proven to be an epic fail, leaving an epidemic of obesity and diabetes in its wake.
    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

    Ernest Hemingway


    • #3
      Did a bit of searching,
      I think this is the study reffered to:
      Dietary intake of saturated fat by food source and incident cardiovascular disease: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
      Can't get the whole study, abstract below:


      Background: Although dietary recommendations have focused on restricting saturated fat (SF) consumption to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, evidence from prospective studies has not supported a strong link between total SF intake and CVD events. An understanding of whether food sources of SF influence these relations may provide new insights.

      Objective: We investigated the association of SF consumption from different food sources and the incidence of CVD events in a multiethnic population.

      Design: Participants who were 45–84 y old at baseline (n = 5209) were followed from 2000 to 2010. Diet was assessed by using a 120-item food-frequency questionnaire. CVD incidence (316 cases) was assessed during follow-up visits.

      Results: After adjustment for demographics, lifestyle, and dietary confounders, a higher intake of dairy SF was associated with lower CVD risk [HR (95% CI) for +5 g/d and +5% of energy from dairy SF: 0.79 (0.68, 0.92) and 0.62 (0.47, 0.82), respectively]. In contrast, a higher intake of meat SF was associated with greater CVD risk [HR (95% CI) for +5 g/d and a +5% of energy from meat SF: 1.26 (1.02, 1.54) and 1.48 (0.98, 2.23), respectively]. The substitution of 2% of energy from meat SF with energy from dairy SF was associated with a 25% lower CVD risk [HR (95% CI): 0.75 (0.63, 0.91)]. No associations were observed between plant or butter SF and CVD risk, but ranges of intakes were narrow.

      Conclusion: Associations of SF with health may depend on food-specific fatty acids or other nutrient constituents in foods that contain SF, in addition to SF.
      The conclusion doesn't seem to be very conclusive for a groundbreaking revelation.
      Looks like another failed attempt to support the lipid hypothesis, which is now in it's final throes.
      "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"


      • #4
        Studies based on self reporting of food consumption are worthless - people are forgetful and not honest with themselves, being more inclined to report what they think they should have eaten than what they actually ate
        Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

        Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine


        • #5
          Click on this link: The Paleo Premise: DGA 2011 - Low Fat or Low Carb
          Press: Ctrl + F
          Paste this: The link between dietary saturated fat
          Read from that point


          • #6
            The real issue is what kind of meats were providing these saturated fats. My guess would be hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, etc.