The saturated fats are considered as artery clogging, obesity-causing poison. A lot of people who want to improve their diet start by purchasing skim milk, ditching their egg yolks and beginning a life free of steak, pork, and butter.
The first publication of “The Seven Countries Study ” in 1970 showed a correlation between saturated fat intake and heart disease among 12,763 men from seven different countries. But it did not take into account important factors like smoking rates, sugar consumption, and exercise levels.
The abominable food pyramid of the 1990’s recommended up to 11 servings of rice and pasta per day, and about as little fat as possible.
We have two kinds of cholesterol in our blood:
High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) : Good for the body
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) : Bad for the body
We should try to increase HDL and decrease LDL. Saturated fat is generally believed to increase the LDL.
But there are also two kinds of LDL cholesterol:
Type A : Big, floaty particles
Type B : Small, dense ones
When we reduce our saturated fat consumption and the LDL cholesterol “drops,” we are only lowering type A particles. But it is the type B particles that are more closely linked to heart disease. They are controlled by carbohydrate consumption. So follow a diet low in carbs to cut out harmful types of cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Saturated Fats Facts
Saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump their fat cells, which helps the liver to function more effectively.
Butter and coconut help white blood cells to recognize and destroy invading viruses and bacteria.
Saturated fat increase free testosterone level, which helps to repair tissue, preserve muscle, and improves sexual function.
Fats promote weight gain. It has more than twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates per gram.
This does not mean every source of saturated fat is healthy. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health after analyzing the diets of 1.2 million people found that there was no association between eating red meat and heart disease but there was for those who ate a lot of processed meat.
The body loves saturated fat. It should be from sources like grass -fed meat and butter, whole eggs, and coconut fat not hot dogs and pepperoni pizza. The American Heart Association, also agrees that sugar is a far bigger contributor to heart disease.
Prominent journals and scientists are beginning to speak out on saturated fat’s benefits. Sweden recently became the first Western country to advocate a high-fat diet to its citizens. They also believe that heart disease and obesity are caused by inactivity, trans fats, refined carbs, and overeating, but not saturated fat.