, Volume 45, Issue 10, pp 891-892,
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Date: 09 Sep 2010

Saturated Fat and Health: Recent Advances in Research

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Saturated fat of plant or animal origin has been an important ingredient in Western and non-Western diets for centuries. For the past 30 or 40 years, dietary saturated fats have attained a poor reputation especially in relation to cardiovascular health; recommendations to reduce consumption persist even in the face of equivocal or contradictory evidence. This special theme issue of Lipids on saturated fat and health presents contributions from a “hot topic” session at the 100th AOCS annual meeting in Orlando Florida, in May 2009.

Two recent publications highlight the importance of this issue. A meta-analysis by Siri-Tarino et al. [1] showed that there was no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In addition, whereas some dairy products contribute to the intake of dietary saturated fat, a meta-analysis in this theme issue of the available prospective studies showed that dairy consumption is ass ...