For more than a few decades the medical community told us that fat was bad. Much maligned, fat was deemed enemy number one of hearts and brains as well as waistlines.
What’s New spoke with Dean G. Karalis, MD, FACC, FNLA, director of Preventive Cardiology at Pennsylvania Hospital, and a clinical professor of Medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, to explore recent research showing how the tide against some fats is turning – and what it all means for both physicians and patients.
It had been thought that saturated fat – animal-based fats such as those found in dairy products and red meat – was the enemy of all circulatory systems. Thus, the medical community recommended a low-fat diet to prevent cardiovascular disease for decades. Now, this no longer holds true.