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David Evans

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Friday, 8 April 2011

Increasing dietary saturated fat may help you live longer

This post contains a synopsis of a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology Volume 51, Issue 6, June 1998, Pages 443-460 and a recipe for lamb chops stuffed with chicken livers.

Study title and author:
The Questionable Role of Saturated and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Cardiovascular Disease
Uffe Ravnskov
Lund, Sweden

This paper can be accessed at:

Ravnskov reviewed the evidence concerning the hypothesis that a fat diet, rich in saturated fatty acids and low in polyunsaturated fatty acids, is said to be an important cause of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.

He found:                                                                                                                            Books:
Ignore the Awkward.: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive(a) In larger studies, there tended to be no correlation between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular mortality and even a trend towards lower death rates.
(b) Trends of national fat consumption and death from coronary heart disease in 18–35 countries (four studies) during different time periods diverged from each other as often as they coincided.
(c) In 14 other studies:
      (i) 1 study supported the hypothesis.
      (ii) 6 studies gave partly supportive, partly contradictive results.
      (iii) 7 studies did not support the hypothesis.
(d) In a meta-analysis of nine controlled randomized dietary trials with substantial reductions of dietary fats, neither heart disease or total death rates were lowered.

Ravnskov concluded, rather understatedly: "The harmful effect of dietary saturated fat and the protective effect of dietary polyunsaturated fat on atherosclerosis and heart disease are questioned".

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Recipe of the day

Lamb Chops Stuffed with Chicken Livers

Ingredients:                                                                                                     Food mall: Lamb Chops
New York Prime Meat USDA Prime American Fresh Lamb Loin Chops, 1-1/2-inch thick, 4-Count, 24-Ounce Packaged in Film & Freezer Paper6 chicken livers, chopped
1/2 lb. mushrooms, chopped
5 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
6 double rib lamb chops

Sauté the livers and mushrooms in 2 tbsp olive oil, do not let them brown. Season with pepper Add parsley.

Slit chops to make pockets. Stuff with liver mixture.

Heat the remaining oil in heavy casserole, add chops and sear them over high heat in both sides.

Cover casserole and bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until tender. You can skewer chops to close pockets and broil on both sides until cooked.

Put chops on a platter, and pour pan juice over them, and serve.