Experts Question Saturated Fat Guidelines

Long vilified for concerns of raising the risk of heart disease, experts are now questioning whether foods high in saturated fat, like butter, as as damaging as we've been led to believe. (Casey Bisson/Flickr)

For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have urged people to limit their consumption of saturated fat due to concerns that it raises the risk of heart disease. However, after decades of research, a growing number of experts are questioning this link.

According to a new analysis, there is insufficient evidence to support the long-standing recommendation to consume saturated fat in very low amounts.

NPR’s Health Correspondent Allison Aubrey discusses this new finding with Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer, and explains how saturated fat should fit into our diet.

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