UPDATE: Is Saturated Fat the New Health Miracle? Not So Fast.

It’s hard to believe it was just yesterday that I blogged about a study, which I believe was widely misinterpreted in the mainstream media. Within days of the original research publication, the study authors issued corrections to that original study. Science moves fast!

In my original blog on this topic, I pointed out that while most media reports focused on the “exoneration” of saturated fat as a cause of heart disease, key findings were ignored. The study authors’ corrections further weaken their conclusion, “Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”

We are back to where we began: For best health, in terms of heart disease and just about any other chronic disease one can name, we need to base our diets around unprocessed, whole foods, including nuts, legumes (beans and peas), vegetables and fruit, whole grains, vegetable and olive oils, and small portions of animal products, if desired.

If you’d like to read more about what other researchers in this field are saying about the corrections, be sure to check out Science Magazine’s coverage, and the article by Knight Science Journalism at MIT. According to Paul Raeburn, author of the MIT article, the best explanation for the controversy over saturated fats raised by the recent research just may be error.

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