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Support for Taubes' carbohydrate thesis

In his book The Diet Delusion, Gary Taubes makes a strong case for his view that dietary fat, including saturated fat, is not harmful to the heart and it is carbohydrates that are the real villain of the piece. This idea has just received support from a meta-analysis of 21 studies involving nearly 350,000 patients published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat."

The "specific nutrients" in question are refined carbohydrates, i.e. sugar.


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