Contrary to what nutritionists and doctors have prescribed for decades, studies have suggested that a decrease in the consumption of saturated fats does not help dilute the concentration of saturated fat in the blood. In fact, from an experiment conducted on 16 middle-aged individuals, decreasing the amount of saturated fats in one’s diet had virtually no effect at all on that person’s level of saturated fat in the blood. The results of this study instead showed that “dietary refined carbohydrates — found in foods such as white breads, rice, cereals, potatoes, and sugars — are the primary driver of circulating saturated fatty acids in the bloodstream” (Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes Linked to Carbs, Not Fat). While these results are in need of further validation, and it is not wholly accurate to confidently apply the data to the general population, the evidence linking carbohydrates to be the cause of heart disease and diabetes cannot be ignored.
Contributing Author: Ryan Flynn