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New Findings on Dietary Fats

FatsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The theory that the consumption of saturated fats is linked to obesity and high cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk has been the cornerstone of dietary guidelines for decades. As the message that saturated fats are simply “bad” for one’s health continues to be promoted by mainstream health organizations including the American Heart Association, more recent research suggests that this hypothesis was based on observational studies and has never been scientifically proven. Meta-analyses of numerous controlled and randomized controlled trials involving thousands of participants have found no statistically significant effects of dietary saturated fat reduction in regard to heart attacks, strokes or all-cause deaths.

The relationship between macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) is confusing and controversial. As the low carb vs. low fat diet wars continue, there are many who would like to set the record straight. The results of a large multinational epidemiological cohort study recently published in The Lancet were welcomed by those who believe the current advice was based on flawed science, and denied by those who argue against the benefits of fat consumption. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) Study involved over 200 investigators, who for seven years followed the dietary intake of 135,335 individuals aged 35-70 from 18 different countries.

So, why all the fuss? This study assessed the consumption of carbs and total fat; including saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats; to find associations with CVD and total mortality. Higher carbohydrate intake was associated with an increased risk of total mortality but not with the risk of CVD or CVD mortality. The intake of total fat and each type of fat was associated with a lower risk of total mortality, totally contradicting the dietary advice of the last four decades. Higher saturated fat intake was associated with a lower risk of stroke; and total fat, including saturated and unsaturated fats, was not significantly associated with risk of CVD mortality.

These findings indicate that:

  • High carbohydrate intake was linked to worse total mortality, and had the most adverse impact on CVD risk factors
  • High fat intake was linked to lower risk, and was not associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or CVD mortality
  • Monounsaturated fats appeared to be most beneficial, while saturated fats were not harmful
  • Reducing saturated fat intake and replacing it with refined carbohydrates was linked to the most adverse effects on blood lipids and increased CVD risks
  • Three to four servings of combined plant foods, including fruits, vegetables and legumes, was associated with lower total mortality and non-cardiovascular mortality

While the study is ongoing, the findings to date do not support the current recommendations to restrict total fat intake to less than 30% of total daily caloric intake, and saturated fat to less than 10% of total energy. The conclusions indicated that individuals with a high carbohydrate intake above 60% of total energy consumption, would likely benefit from a reduction of carbohydrate intake and an increased fat and protein intake. In light of their findings, the researchers concluded that global dietary guideline recommendations restricting fats should be reconsidered.

 In recent years, multiple studies involving hundreds of thousands of people have reached the same conclusion. An editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine concurs. The article published by a team of cardiologists from the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Switzerland cited reviews that show no association between intake of saturated fat and a greater risk for heart disease. The collaborative team stated, “It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids and the reduction of dietary saturated fat. Decades of emphasis on the primacy of lowering plasma cholesterol, as if this was an end in itself, and driving a market of ‘proven to lower cholesterol’ and ‘low fat’ foods and medications, has been misguided.” They suggested these misconceptions may stem from “selective reporting of data.”

Even so, this study is unlikely to end the war on fat, as leading health organizations continue to tout a low-fat diet, and with the change of mind set required, it will take time before we see any new recommendations. In the meantime, individuals are free to draw their own conclusions, as they make their dietary choices. Those seeking optimal health through their diet might do well to remember that fats are not the enemy. It’s overall dietary patterns, not individual nutrients, that hold the key to good health. A better practice is to greatly reduce refined carbs and include whole foods, as well as healthful high fat foods, such as olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, and grass-fed meats, for a significant reduction of high total cholesterol and improvement in their high density lipoprotein (HDL) level.

With each new study, it appears that a complete lifestyle approach, encompassing a healthful diet, regular physical activity and stress reduction, will not only improve quality of life, but can reduce cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. These finding do not indicate approval to go overboard on fatty fried foods or commercially baked goods, but they do mean that you can enjoy eggs for breakfast, buttered whole grain toast and a bit of cream in your coffee without worry.

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Associations of fats and carbohydrate intake with cardiovascular disease and mortality in 18 countries from five continents (PURE): a prospective cohort study. http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/fulltext
5 Studies on Saturated Fat – Time to Retire the Myth? http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/5-studies-on-saturated-fat#section1
Saturated Fat: Not so Bad or Just Bad Science? http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/111114p32.shtml
Artery-clogging saturated fat myth debunked. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317118.php
The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Debate Has a New Answer. http://time.com/4919448/low-fat-v-low-carb-diets/
Saturated Fat and Health: Recent Advances in Research. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2974200/
Artery-clogging saturated fat myth debunked. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317118.php



Face Doctor™ – Featured Brand

FaceDoctorSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now carries Face Doctor™ therapeutic soaps specifically formulated to nourish and improve the condition of the skin. Face Doctor™ focuses on skin care products made with naturally effective, clinically-backed ingredients. Soaps are formulated with sea buckthorn oil, well known for its medicinal, cosmetic, and nutritional benefits. In addition to its skin nourishing, revitalizing and restorative properties, sea buckthorn has been shown to effectively destroy the skin-damaging, inflammation-causing demodex skin mites seen in many complexion problems.

Sea buckthorn oil is a natural ingredient that aids the healing process and provides nourishing support. It helps to relieve symptoms of acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, irritated, dry or itchy skin, prematurely aging skin and malnourished, scarred, and sun damaged skin. Naturally rich in vitamins A, C, B1, B2, E, and K, carotenes, flavonoids and microelements, as well as essential fatty acids, tocopherols and phytosterols, these safe, effective and clinically tested complexion bars provide restorative healing for damaged skin, as well as nourishment for the maintenance of healthy skin.

Safe for all ages, Face Doctor™ skin treatment products can be used on any area of the body and are also useful for diaper rash and cradle cap in babies. Frequency of use is dependent upon individual skin conditions. When used once or twice daily, or several times weekly, one bar generally lasts 3 – 4 months.

Now available at Professional Supplement Center:

Complexion SoapComplexion Soap: Formulated for damaged skin, this dermatologist recommended facial soap gently cleanses and improves the appearance of acne and rosacea to support a nourished, clear and rejuvenated complexion. In addition to sea buckthorn oil, the all-natural healing and restorative ingredients include aloe vera, coconut oil, and astragalus.

FaceSurgeon...FaceSurgeon™ Medicated Soap: Specifically formulated with natural plant extracts to restore healthy skin; heal and repair damage; and relieve acne, redness, blotchiness, rosacea, eczema, and other related conditions. May be used in conjunction with Complexion Soap to expedite and promote healing in more persistent cases. Dermatologist recommended.

Health Plus, Inc. – Featured Brand

HealthPlusIncJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Since 1981, Health Plus has been committed to supplying quality targeted cleansing products to support a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. Their line of high quality, safe and innovative botanical formulations are specifically designed to cleanse the body and assist healthy functioning. Product integrity is upheld by a comprehensive quality assurance program centered on rigorous procurement standards and testing protocols. Along with every day colon and digestive cleansing formulations, Total Body Cleanses are available in seven major body functionalities, including: Kidney, Liver, Heart, Blood, Joint, Adrenal, and Prostate.

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Power DigestPower Digest™: Designed for athletes and workout enthusiasts, this two-in-one formula provides key amino acids for overall muscle health, recovery and growth, as well as digestive enzymes, essential fibers, and cleansing herbs for efficient absorption of nutrients and enhanced digestive support. Key ingredients include acidophilus, a proprietary digestive enzyme blend, and taurine, L-glutamine, and L-carnitine for muscle recovery support.


Probiotic FiberProbiotic Fiber™: This special formula provides herbs and nutrients that balance and nourish the intestinal microflora and promote digestive and immune health. One capsule supplies one billion CFU of a proprietary prebiotic blend, as well as prebiotics, digestive enzymes and herbs for digestive support.


Super Kidney CleanseSuper Kidney Cleanse™: This formula provides vitamins, herbs, the antioxidant astaxanthin, and anti-inflammatory turmeric to nourish and support a healthy urinary tract, maintenance of healthy kidney function, and overall kidney health.


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