The myth of high cholesterol and heart disease

Saturated fat and heart disease risk unproven

In a meta-study review of 72 studies looking at the link between fatty acids and coronary disease (heart attacks, coronary heart disease and angina)researchers found 'no significant evidence that saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease. 

The study (published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine) was carried out by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Bristol, Erasmus University Medical Centre and Harvard School of Public Health. It was funded by the British Heart Foundation, Medical Research Council, Cambridge National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre and Gates Cambridge.

ED: What is interesting here is that this reflects the often ignored French Paradox - that they eat more fat and consume more alcohol than people in other nations, yet have less heart disease and less cancer. The Paradox is ignored because medical mythology argues that high cholesterol causes heart problems and this is why people need statins.

Yet expert Dr.Chauncey Crandall of the Palm Beach Cardiac Clinic has argued that the real culprit is sugar causing inflammation in the arteries and then the fat sticks. While Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiology registrar at Croydon University Hospital, wrote an article in the British Medical Journal saying there was too much focus on the fat with other factors such as sugar often overlooked.

It is time to "bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease", he wrote in his opinion piece, expressing concerns over the widespread use of statins, adding that reducing cholesterol through drugs or other means does lower heart risk.

Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2014-03-18-saturated-fats-and-heart-disease-link-unproven/