Saturated Fat and Chocolate Cherry Bliss

Filed under: General Health, Nutrition, Recipes

An interesting tidbit came across my path today, as one of my favorite bloggers announced the release of a meta-analysis by one of the most prominent lipid researchers in the entire world, Dr. Ronald Krauss. The meta-analysis looked at the observational studies evaluating the link between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular disease. Surprise, surprise they found absolutely no link between the two, quoting:

“A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.”

To check out the study for yourself, click HERE.

After 40 years of bullshit advice, is the medical community finally going to come around? We shall see.

Finally, I want to leave you guys with a nice smoothie recipe for the weekend. I “borrowed” and modified this from the new Warp Speed Fat Loss diet template, so if you are a cherry fan, take note!

Chocolate Cherry Bliss

  • 6oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or unsweetened chocolate if you can find it, or water)
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen dark cherries
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • ice as desired

This is absolutely delicious, and is a great treat if you are craving something a little sweet at the end of the day. You could spice it up even more and add 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs as well.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Posted on January 15th, 2010 by Brian St. Pierre


  1. Chris Says:

    Brian, I see you usually use vanilla almond milk in the recipes you put up here. What brand do you use, and how is the taste? I buy Almond Breeze chocolate (both regular and unsweetened) and enjoy the taste so I’m thinking of trying their vanilla flavors as well. Thanks!

  2. Matt Says:

    im not stating that i agree or disagree with the claim that this research makes, but i would like to afew more than than the abstract tells us. i would like to know more about the subjects that were used and how closely things like intake and physical activity were monitored over the course of the study. as well as possible preexisting conditions, family history of CDV, occurance of other problems and socio-economic status.

    im not in the US so i cant get my hands on a hard copy of the study right now, and i dont think any of the e-libraries i have access to have copies posted yet. does anyone have any suggestions about how i could see the full study maybe?

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