A user guide to saturated fat – the evidence

 
This guide is based on scientific evidence, following our policy for evidence-based guides.

It’s written by Franziska Spritzler, RD, with the latest major update on June 18, 2019, including feedback from Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD. The guide was medically reviewed by Dr. Bret Scher, MD, on June 18, 2019.1

The guide contains scientific references. You can find these in the notes throughout the text, and click the links to read the peer-reviewed scientific papers. When appropriate we include a grading of the strength of the evidence, with a link to our policy on this. Our evidence-based guides are updated at least once per year to reflect and reference the latest science on the topic.

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Disclaimer: The health effects of eating saturated fats is a topic of controversy, with different researchers and experts currently disagreeing about how to interpret the available evidence. Read more about the ongoing debate here.

For even more details and relevant research on connected topics, see our guides to healthy fats, vegetable oils and cholesterol. Also see our list of core scientific studies related to heart disease, cholesterol and saturated fats.

 
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  1. The latest update includes a few modest changes in the text and the addition of several scientific references, based on the latest medical review.

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