I have read a lot of analysis and reviews that have shown saturated fat is not implicated in CVD risk but are there any human studies showing that saturated fat is BENEFICIAL to CVD risk?
I haven't seen any particular studies, but you may want to check Dr. Eades' blog-- http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/ . Your calories have to come from somewhere. In the SAD, the sugars and grains are documented to be harmful. Most folks who go paleo replace these calories with more fats, including sat fats, which are neutral to CVD risk at worst. I contend that it must be beneficial to replace harmful foods with foods that are not harmful, otherwise we wouldn't be voluntarily doing it.
Peter at Hyperlipid looked at a study on arterial stiffness. If you look on his blog you will find some other studies at least on lipids.
I usually think of things less in terms of saturated fat protecting against CVD and more that sugar, polyunsaturated fat (especially omega-6) or excessive carbohydrates can cause it- any calories from saturated fat means you are not eating bad calories for CVD. Also, sources of saturated fat can be good sources of other nutrients that can help repair and defend the body.
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