High intake of saturated fats is linked to increased risk of heart diseaseBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6347 (Published 24 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6347
- Jacqui Wise
Eating more saturated fatty acids such as those found in cheese, whole milk, butter, beef, and chocolate, is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, a large observational study published in The BMJ has found.1
Researchers from Harvard University, USA, found that a 5% higher intake of longer chain dietary saturated fatty acids was associated with a 25% increased risk of coronary heart disease during 24 to 28 years of follow-up.
The team analysed data from two longitudinal cohort studies: the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which included 42 625 men from 1986 …