Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease

Published: June 15, 2017

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in the United States and globally. For more than half of a century, the American Heart Association has recommended reducing saturated fat intake to reduce CVD risk.
  • This AHA Presidential Advisory reviews the current scientific evidence on the effects of dietary saturated fat intake and its replacement by other types of fats and carbohydrate on CVD.
  • In the context of an overall healthy dietary pattern, replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats can lower incidence of CVD.