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In light of recent scientific evidence based on systematic reviews and meta-analyses, it appears that saturated fat, found in milk products, are not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, there are substantial differences between the trans fats that occur naturally in ruminant fats (like CLA) and those derived from vegetable fats and oils.

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New evidence reveals that saturated fat does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease

In light of new scientific data, it appears that saturated fat is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Keywords: saturated fat, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke

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  • Natural Trans Fats

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