Surprise - - Saturated Fat Really Is Good For You

Finally some truth emerges to battle the ludicrous recommendations given two years ago by the "expert" Food & Nutrition Board, when they gave the following misguided statement: "Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet."

Folks, this is a bunch of hogwash that has been harming your health and your loved ones for the last thirty years. If someone is giving you grief about your contention that saturated fat is actually healthy for you, please refer them to this article in one of the world's top nutritional journals that will turn that argument upside down.

Part of the scientific confusion relates to the fact that the your body is capable of synthesizing the saturated fatty acids that it needs from carbohydrates, and these saturated fatty acids are principally the same ones that are present in dietary fats of animal origin. However, and this is the key, not all saturated fatty acids are the same molecule. There are subtle differences that have profound health implications and having people avoid all saturated fats will result in serious health consequences.

The experts have falsely concluded that they understood fat metabolism when nothing could be further from the truth. Most of what is known about the functions of fats is fragmented and biased by the assumptions made within the experimental investigations in which the fats were studied. This bias is particularly true for studies of the saturated fats, most of which have been examined solely for their tendency to alter lipoprotein metabolism and to influence the concentrations of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in blood.

This distorted viewpoint based on insufficient data has seriously compromised your health in the flawed recommendations that have been given over the last three decades when it comes to saturated fat recommendations. This review finally admits that it is impossible to achieve a nutritionally adequate diet that has no saturated fat.

I was delighted to see that the review actually supports nutritional typing (now the number one link on Google for the term). Studies clearly show that despite great compliance to low saturated fat diets, there is wide difference in responses. This absolutely supports nutritional typing which predicts one-third of people will do very well on low saturated fat diets (which supports the studies showing that they work), but also one-third of people need high saturated fat diets to stay healthy. I happen to be one of those who need a high saturated fat diet to stay healthy and warm. (A sidenote: The number 4 link on Google to saturated fats overall is an excellent three-part piece featured on my site by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon, The Truth About Saturated Fat that predates this research by two years!)

The article goes on to support a Paleolithic perspective. Humans have eaten animal products for most of their existence on earth and therefore, they have consumed saturated fats for their entire existence. The approach of many mainstream investigators in studying the effect of consuming saturated fats has been narrowly focused to produce and evaluate evidence in support of the hypothesis that dietary saturated fat elevates LDL cholesterol and thus the risk of CAD. This narrow focus has blinded them to the benefits of saturated fats in other areas of human health.

If saturated fats were of no value or were harmful to humans, evolution would probably not have established within the mammary gland the means to produce saturated fats-butyric, caproic, caprylic, capric, lauric, myristic, palmitic, and stearic acids-that provide a source of nourishment to ensure the growth, development, and survival of mammalian offspring.

So the bottom line is do not let any conventional "experts" shoot you nonsense about saturated fat anymore. You can refer them to this landmark article and show them that saturated fats are essential parts of all body tissues and are:

  • A major part of the phospholipid component of cell membranes
  • The preferred fuel for the heart
  • Used as a source of fuel during energy expenditure
  • Actually increases HDL concentrations
  • Modulator genetic regulation and prevent cancer (butyric acid)
  • Useful antiviral agents (caprylic acid)
  • Effective as an anticaries, antiplaque and anti fungal agents (lauric acid)
  • Useful to actually lower cholesterol levels (palmitic and stearic acids)
  • Beneficial effects on thrombogenic and atherogenic risk factors (stearic acid)

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition September 2004 80(3):550-559

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