Science Fail: Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease in Question

butterIn one of those studies of studies that scientists and statisticians like to do when they run out of new ideas, researchers are finding that the link between saturated fat and heart disease might be bunk. Good news for me. For years we’ve been told that saturated fats were going to kill us but “a recent analysis of 45 studies and 27 trials involving over 600,000 participants is forcing a rethink of this long-held assumption.”

One of the study’s authors, Dariush Mozaffarian of the department of epidemiology at Harvard University in Boston, put it best by saying: “Guidelines that focus on the nutrients, single nutrients, as targets for preventing chronic diseases don’t make a lot of sense. I think we need to move to food-based guidelines, to really talk about food, not nutrients.”

Who would have ever thought that food can’t be broken down into its parts and studied. Every good chef in the world, and my high school football coach, will tell you that some things display synergy. Where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. So quit breaking down my burger into its fat and cheese content and let’s focus on how delicious it is as a whole.