Saturated fats raise heart disease risk in lean people gaining weight

The long term research just keeps on coming and it is not all sexy “saturated fats are good for your heart” news… 

“If the high-caloric diet was based on unsaturated fats rather than saturated fats, very little fat was stored as liver and abdominal fat, whereas the opposite was true for the diet high in saturated fats. Saturated and unsaturated fats have different molecular effects on the liver. Unsaturated fats signal the liver to take up cholesterol from the blood…”
Dr. Ulf Riserus of the Unit for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at Uppsala Science Park in Sweden, October 2014. 

What did this latest research uncover? 

  1. Lean people who put on weight - with saturated fats in their diet - raised the markers for heart disease in their blood 
  1. The saturated fat intake “clearly increased markers of heart disease risk factors like insulin resistance as well as signs of impaired vascular function” 
  1. Lean people who put on weight - with unsaturated fats in their diet – lowered the markers for heart disease risk factors in their blood 
  1. The unsaturated fat intake improved cholesterol level balance 

Study by Dr. Ulf Riserus of the Unit for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at Uppsala Science Park in Sweden as published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and reported by Reuters Health on October 15, 2014 http://bit.ly/1EZ8ITx Journal of the American Heart Association, online October 15, 2014.

Posted: Sunday 16 November 2014