Does anyone have any studies on saturated fat that show a beneficial effect on CVD risk?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Hey all,

I have read a lot of analysis and reviews that have shown saturated fat is not implicated in CVD risk but are there any human studies showing that saturated fat is BENEFICIAL to CVD risk?



on February 20, 2010
at 07:24 PM

Woly, The type of answer you're looking for would probably require a medical literature search. I suggest that you offer a bounty, as recommended in FAQ. Good luck!



on February 20, 2010
at 08:06 AM

Thank you all for responding but I was looking more for hard end points such as mortality or CVD incidence. The reason being is that I have read all about how saturated fat improves lipids, cells, glucose etc etc but have never found a study that actually showed that these improvements resulted in people living longer. This is an important issue because if saturated fats effect on lipids doesn't actually do anything in a big picture sense then perhaps we are missing something?

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on February 15, 2010
at 11:48 PM

I haven't seen any particular studies, but you may want to check Dr. Eades' blog-- http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ . Your calories have to come from somewhere. In the SAD, the sugars and grains are documented to be harmful. Most folks who go paleo replace these calories with more fats, including sat fats, which are neutral to CVD risk at worst. I contend that it must be beneficial to replace harmful foods with foods that are not harmful, otherwise we wouldn't be voluntarily doing it.


on February 18, 2010
at 09:54 PM

Peter at Hyperlipid looked at a study on arterial stiffness. If you look on his blog you will find some other studies at least on lipids.

I usually think of things less in terms of saturated fat protecting against CVD and more that sugar, polyunsaturated fat (especially omega-6) or excessive carbohydrates can cause it- any calories from saturated fat means you are not eating bad calories for CVD. Also, sources of saturated fat can be good sources of other nutrients that can help repair and defend the body.



on February 17, 2010
at 06:55 AM

I think Richard Nokiley's blog, "Free The Animal" has a lot of material on why saturated fat is good for you.

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