Caught that headline on Yahoo which referred to a recent Study.  Most interesting – the Senior Author of the Study is Jeff Volek along with his partner-in-crime, Stephen D. Phinney.

The Study is actually entitled: Effects of Step-Wise Increases in Dietary Carbohydrate on Circulating Saturated Fatty Acids and Palmitoleic Acid in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome

This is an open article and you can read it yourself.  The Yahoo summary is on target.  Here is the Summary paragraph from the Study:

In summary, high intakes of saturated fat (including regular consumption of whole eggs, full-fat dairy, high-fat beef and other meats) does not contribute to accumulation of plasma SFA in the context of a low carbohydrate intake. A progressive decrease in saturated fat and commensurate increase in carbohydrate intake, on the other hand, is associated with incremental increases in the proportion of plasma palmitoleic acid, which may be signaling impaired metabolism of carbohydrate, even under conditions of negative energy balance and significant weight loss. These findings contradict the perspective that dietary saturated fat per se is harmful, and underscore the importance of considering the level of dietary carbohydrate that accompanies saturated fat consumption.

So my friends – enjoy your eggs, heavy cream and steak – as long as you are eating Very Low Carb.

However – Do we have to be worried that:

Funding: This work was funded by a grant from Dairy Research Institute, The Beef Checkoff, the Egg Nutrition Center, and the Robert C. And Veronica Atkins Foundation. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Partial funding for Open Access provided by The Ohio State University Open Access Fund.

Competing interests: Professional associations (Dairy Research Institute, The Beef Checkoff and the Egg Nutrition Center) were sponsors of this research. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

For what it is worth, almost all of these studies are funded by interested parties.  I discount all of them.  Still – I have found that for the most part Volek and Phinney’s conclusions are one’s I can rely on.

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