Clinical Outcomes of Dietary Replacement of Saturated Fatty Acids with Unsaturated Fat Sources in Adults with Overweight and Obesity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Control Trials

Bridget A. Hannon, Sharon V. Thompson, Ruopeng An, Margarita Teran-Garcia

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Background: Obesity and dyslipidemia are frequently treated with dietary interventions before pharmacotherapy is given. Diets high in unsaturated fat have proven advantageous to disease treatment. Aims: The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the evidence of the effect of saturated fatty acids (SFA) replacement with unsaturated fatty acids (UFA) in metabolically healthy adults with overweight and obesity on markers of dyslipidemia and body composition. Methods: Keyword search was performed in PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane Library for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effects of fatty acid substitution in adults with overweight and obesity. Meta-analysis was performed on interventions assessing lipoprotein levels and body composition. Publication bias was assessed by funnel plot inspection, Begg's, and Egger's test. Results: Eight RCTs enrolling 663 participants were included in the review, with intervention durations between 4 and 28 weeks. Although nonsignificant (p = 0.06), meta-analysis found UFA replacement to reduce total cholesterol concentrations by 10.68 mg/dL (95%CI -21.90 to 0.53). Reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides were statistically nonsignificant. Conclusions: Due to null results and a small number of studies included, there is no strong evidence that replacement of SFA with UFA may benefit lipid profiles in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-117
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume71
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2017

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Unsaturated Fats
Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Meta-Analysis
Fatty Acids
Obesity
Dyslipidemias
Body Composition
Randomized Controlled Trials
Publication Bias
PubMed
LDL Cholesterol
Lipoproteins
Libraries
Cholesterol
Diet
Lipids
Drug Therapy
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Dietary fat
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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