The research supporting the reduction of saturated fat in our diets has largely been based on observational research showing an association between higher intakes of saturated fat and heart disease.

It’s difficult to identify a causal role in observational research - it’s possible that the higher levels of saturated fat were due to increased consumption of ultra-processed foods like cakes, biscuits, and fast food, as opposed to whole foods like full-fat dairy, meat, and plant oils.

In this context, it’s hard to say whether the risk came from higher levels of saturated fat or the other ingredients found in ultra-processed foods, such as sugar and refined carbohydrates.

We believe that the topic of cardiovascular disease is extremely complex, and there are hundreds of underlying factors that will determine whether you develop cardiovascular disease or not.

Identifying a single nutrient in your diet (such as saturated fat) is unlikely to have a lasting impact on your health. This is why we take a holistic approach to health. We believe that focusing on improving your stress, sleep, exercise, and overall diet will have a larger positive impact on your health and disease risk as you age.

All of our recommendations throughout the programme are evidence-based and backed by registered nutritionists and dietitians.

If you’d like to read more about this topic, we'd suggest this guide on saturated fat and heart disease: https://www.secondnature.io/guides/nutrition/saturated-fat-heart-disease.

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