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Nutr Rev. 2006 May;64(5 Pt 1):257-62.

Beyond saturated fat: the importance of the dietary fatty acid profile on cardiovascular disease.

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Department of Nutritional Sciences, Integrative Biosciences Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.


Saturated fat reduction is a primary goal for decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. In a recent epidemiologic study, a low-fat diet high in saturated fat (10.6%-16.0% energy) was associated with less progression of coronary atherosclerosis, whereas carbohydrate intake (67% energy) was associated with a greater degree of progression in postmenopausal women.

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