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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Monday, 21 March 2011

Higher fat intake is associated with higher (good) HDL-cholesterol and lower (bad) triglyceride levels

Published in the Br J Nutr. 2009 Oct;102(8):1220-7. Epub 2009 May 19.

Associations between dietary macronutrient intake and plasma lipids demonstrate criterion performance of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) food-frequency questionnaire.
Nettleton JA, Rock CL, Wang Y, Jenny NS, Jacobs DR.
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, 1200 Herman Pressler, RAS E-641, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

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The study investigated the relationship of carbohydrate and fat intake with the levels of blood high density lipoprotein (good) HDL-cholesterol and (bad) triglycerides.

The results of the study show that:
(a) Greater carbohydrate intake was associated with lower (good) HDL-cholesterol and higher (bad) triglyceride levels.
(b) Greater fat intake was associated with higher (good) HDL-cholesterol and lower (bad) triglyceride levels.

High HDL-cholesterol levels are associated with lower heart disease risk, see here, whereas higher triglyceride levels are associated with higher heart disease risk. See here.

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