Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats reduces risk of CV disease

TIME reports that research “published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds that too much saturated fat is indeed harmful to the heart,” but “if you cut out calories from saturated fat, the kinds of calories you replace them with can be just as” harmful.

On its website, NBC News reports that investigators “used two big, ongoing studies of nearly 85,000 nurses and 43,000 doctors who fill out detailed questionnaires about what they eat every four years.”

The Boston Globe carries a “Stat” article that reports, “Swapping saturated fats for refined carbohydrates like white rice had no effect on heart disease, while replacing them with unsaturated fats — abundant in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and fish — lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 15 to 25 percent.”

Meanwhile, “replacing saturated fats with whole grains led to a smaller but still significant reduction in the risk of clogged arteries and heart attack.”

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