Avoiding saturated fats?

A new article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, v 80 p 2250 (2004), raises some doubts about the necessity to decrease one's intake of saturated fats in order to decrease the risk of heart disease. They note that

  1. Replacing the intake of fats by carbohydrates has a detrimental effect on cholesterol and lipid levels in general

  2. Saturated fats increase total cholesterol, but also increase HDL, the "good" cholesterol"

  3. Epidemiologic studies, initially used to support the relationship between saturated fat and heart disease, are inconsistent

  4. Individuals respond differently to changes in dietary carbohydrate and fat intake

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