Saturated fat: healthy or not?

For years we are told that saturated fat is not healthy. They make us fat and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Most of us rely blindly on this proposition, but actually true? Time to dive deeply into the matter and get the truth.

What is saturated fat?

Let’s start with a brief explanation of saturated fat.

Saturated fat is naturally found in animal meat, and especially in dairy products such as cheese, butter and whole milk. But there are also some plant sources of saturated fat such as coconut oil and palm oil.

Saturated fat is with the naked eye easily distinguished from its opposite, unsaturated fat. Saturated fat has a solid at room temperature, namely, solidified form. Unsaturated fat is true liquid at room temperature.

But saturated fat really as unhealthy as they claim over 50 years?

To get the truth on the table we must go back to the beginning of the last century.

A little bit of history

The proposition that saturated fat is unhealthy, originated in the early 19 ecentury, during the beginning of the industrial revolution. A new era is characterized by a high conversion of manually-made goods to machine-produced goods.

Through this revolution increased our prosperity and therefore more and more people had enough money to buy meat regularly. [1] Until that time, eating meat only reserved for rich people.

Along with the rising wealth also increased the number of heart attacks. In the seventies wanted to know knowing why.

Researchers found that cholesterol, a substance in our blood, was linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease. They also discovered that saturated fat will raise cholesterol levels. So they took the next very quickly to:

  • People are eating more meat and thus get more saturated fat inside.
  • Saturated fat will raise cholesterol levels.
  • Cholesterol causes heart disease.
  • There is a direct link between saturated fat and heart disease.

Because the evidence seemed so obvious, this assumption did not further investigated. The researchers were so sure of the link they went from that knocked [2] [3].

Because science was so persuasive, everyone (food manufacturers, governments and the media) this information accepted as true.

So, since the seventies, we are told by the government and the media that all saturated fats are unhealthy. This grease would let us cholesterol levels to dangerous heights and rise considerably increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But now we are 50 years later and it seems recent research a whole new light on the matter.

Cholesterol 50 years later

Since the seventies, we are told by the government and the media that saturated fats will raise our cholesterol levels to dangerous heights.

But now we know much more about nutrition and cholesterol. And guess what? Cholesterol is much more complex than science thought 50 years ago.

We now know that cholesterol is a type of transport in the blood that not one, but several fabrics by transporting body. Some cholesterol fabrics are very good for our bodies and others are less well [4].

We now also know that the balance of the fabrics in the cholesterol is more important than total cholesterol levels. If the balance is good, it does not matter if it increases total cholesterol level.

In other words, more cholesterol in your blood is not so bad, as the balance of the cholesterol is good.

Various studies have shown that saturated fat cholesterol level is indeed to rise. But because the balance of the dust remains good is that no adverse health effects.

There are even studies showing that the balance of the different fabrics improves cholesterol saturated fatty acids. Saturated fat should LDL cholesterol, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, less harmful [5] [6]!

Saturated fat is healthy or not?

We now know that is not true the alleged harmful effects of saturated fat on cholesterol.

We can therefore conclude that the statement is incorrect; saturated fat does not cause an increased risk of heart disease.

It has also been scientifically proven.

An analysis of a group of researchers who research no less than 21 studies have compared. They wanted to determine whether or not saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In total, 347 747 people are part of the analysis, and they were followed between five and 23 years. Of this research were 11 006 people to make a point with cardiovascular disease.

The researchers analyzed 21 studies found no convincing evidence of a link between saturated fat and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease [7].

Indeed, other studies conclude that saturated fat is an important part of a healthy diet.

Saturated fats are a very efficient fuel because energy is in which is slowly released into the body. Furthermore saturated fat good for your bones, liver, heart, lungs and nervous system.

It is very important that you eat saturated fats from a natural source. Thus, for example, via coconut oil, a piece of meat or dairy products.

It is true indeed: the better the living conditions of the animals, the higher the quality of the saturated fats.

Here’s why. Many livestock condition inside and will not eat until barely grass. Instead, the animals will feed processed, mainly corn, soybeans and corn. It is more efficient for the farmer, but the animals would in their natural environment outside in the pasture, never eat.

These unnatural diet influenced the quality of the saturated fats in the meat and dairy products. The fats are unhealthy [8] [9].

Saturated fat and trans fat

Finally, an important warning. That saturated fat is good for us, does not mean you unlimited fries, pizza, pastries, snacks and fast food to eat.

Because it contains unnatural saturated fat. These transformed fats are called trans fats. They look like saturated fat but are very bad for our health.

Trans fats are indeed made in a factory. They were once unsaturated fats after a chemical industrial process will look like saturated fats. Trans fat because it also has a solid, solid form while unsaturated fats are actually liquid.

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