A UK cardiologist recently made waves when he said the entire saturated fat scare is a farce. That's right, saturated fats don't cause heart disease.
To the contrary of what we’ve been told, Malhotra says, “recent prospective cohort studies have not supported any significant association between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular risk, and instead, saturated fat has been found to be protective.”
Statins are the second most prescribed drugs in the U.S. In the UK, with 60 million statin prescriptions are filled each year. But there is no evidence that these drugs have reduced cardiovascular deaths. Instead, declines in cardiovascular deaths, according to Malhotra, could be due simple to reduction in smoking and better life-saving treatment options.
The problem began when the “seven countries” study “demonized” saturated fats. But many people began replacing these fats with even more harmful trans fats and sugar—two substances proven to cause disease and ill health. This is how despite reducing the proportion of energy intake from fat over the past 30 years, Americans have gotten fatter.