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Special Report: Saturated Fat -- Is It Time to Pardon This Cardiovascular Villain?

February 13, 2015

Saturated Fat and CAD: It's Complicated
CAD guidelines call for a reduction in saturated fat consumption. With meta-analyses challenging the link between saturated fat and CAD risk, is it time to pardon this 'cardiovascular villain'?

Dietary Confusion vs Consensus

An Interview With The Big Fat Surprise Author Nina Teicholz
A Q&A with the investigative journalist whose book challenges the conventional wisdom regarding the role of fats and carbohydrates in our diets.

Nutrition Advice: Can We Stop the 'Low-Fat, Low-Carb' Lingo?
Preventive cardiologist Stephen Devries sorts through some of the seemingly contradictory evidence and conventional wisdom about fats, carbs, and health.

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Editor's Note

Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of CAD emphasize a reduction in saturated fat consumption. Dietary saturated fat increases LDL-C and risk for CAD, right? With recent meta-analyses showing no link, and a best-selling book challenging the entire diet-heart hypothesis, should dietary saturated fat limits be relaxed?
- Tricia Ward, Editorial Director,
theheart.org | Medscape Cardiology

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