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Is there a myth behind saturated fats and heart disease?

The dangers of eating saturated fat in foods such as butter, cakes and fatty meat is being overstated and demonised, according to a leading cardiologist.

Dr Malhotra, a cardiology registrar at Croydon University Hospital, London, states the “mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades”.

But the British Heart Foundation said there was conflicting evidence.

The majority of studies on the link between diet and disease have led to dietary advice and guidelines on how much saturated fat, particularly cholesterol, it is healthy to eat.

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