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In our guide on saturated fat and heart disease we introduced the three steps that lead to the cholesterol theory of heart disease:
1) Saturated fat in the diet increases the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol (also known as LDL cholesterol) in the blood
2) Higher levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol clog the arteries and lead to heart disease.
3) Saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease.
We discussed how the evidence supporting this third claim seemed very weak. In this guide we’ll be looking at the second claim: Do higher blood cholesterol levels cause heart disease?
Why does it matter?
You might be asking yourself, why does it matter what causes heart disease? Is it that