If you’ve given up the guilty pleasures of a perfectly cooked steak, dripping rich juices, butter melted just perfectly onto your biscuits… or your favorite cheeses, from the tangy taste of blue cheese to cheddar’s sharp bite, due to concerns over what their saturated fat content can do to your heart, hold up…
Brand new research has revealed that not only is the evidence against including saturated fats as part of a heart-healthy diet weak at best, those fats may even be vital to your health.
Is the warning about saturated fat wrong?
So why has there been a smear campaign against saturated fats (especially when they are so yummy)?
Well, for years your doctor has been warning that saturated fats lead to blockages in your arteries, damaging your heart over time. Yet, a team of scientists from the University of Bergen says foods high in saturated fat may have gotten a bad rap and that we’ve been looking at them all wrong.
In fact, the conclusion they’ve come to is that the cholesterol found in those saturated fats is actually vital for keeping the cells of your body healthy.
Without enough cholesterol, the membranes surrounding those cells can become either too stiff or too fluid.
And the researchers say that your body is uniquely designed to make perfect use of the fats you give it.
A well-oiled machine that sorts out the fat
They point out that the evidence on this is clear. When your remove saturated fats from your diet, you have to compensate by eating more foods high in polyunsaturated fats to maintain your health and receive the same benefits to your cells that you would get from smaller amounts of the saturated kind.
This demonstrates the fact that your body adjusts to the type of fat you give it. If you feed it saturated fats, it uses them to keep your cell membranes healthy. Go for the polyunsaturated versions found in fish, walnuts and even sunflower oil and it adapts to make use of them.
Weak evidence and lack of response to dietary changes
Finally, the team found after a review of all the available evidence that the basis we’ve been using to knock saturated fats out of the running for a healthy diet by saying they cause heart disease just isn’t there. And they call it “inconsistent and unconvincing”.
To top it off, they even point to the fact that people with metabolic disorders “often do not show the expected changes in blood cholesterol when changing their fat intake, suggesting loss of the normal response.”
In other words, it’s more likely that cholesterol problems have to do with how your body responds to cholesterol at all — not which fat you feed it to provide the cholesterol.
So if you’ve been denying yourself that steak, butter or cheese you’ve been craving, why not give in — but in moderation. After all, while saturated fats may actually be part of a healthy and balanced diet, too much of anything is never a good thing.
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