New evidence suggests saturated fats aren’t as harmful as was first thought, and are in fact very important to our everyday health.
At their very core, medicine and healthcare are a science, and the beauty of science is that new findings and discoveries can completely change the way we think about the world around us.
In a similar fashion, the latest findings have identified that, contrary to what was believed for almost 60 years, saturated fats do not promote heart disease.
Recent studies have actually exonerated saturated fats from having a role in many different illnesses, including the creation of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
The entire way we think about fats is changing, so let’s take a look back at why they were stigmatized in the first place and clear up any confusion on the matter.
The campaigns against saturated fat actually began way back in 1953, when Dr Ancel Keys published a paper comparing fat intake and cholesterol levels to heart disease mortality.
It has since come to light that Dr Keys actually hand-picked the evidence to support his claims, and despite studying over 22 countries, he focussed solely on the six that actually corroborated his ideas.
It has even been suggested that Keys was in fact being paid by companies in the sugar industry, as these corporations benefit from fats being removed from food and replaced with sugar to maintain taste.
These flawed findings have led to decades of misinformation, and the increase in the sugar content of food produce has undoubtedly been a major factor in the spread of depression, diabetes and obesity.
So what’s changed now?
Since 2010, evaluations of multiple studies involving over 350,000 participants have found that saturated fat is not, in fact, associated with heart disease.
Rather, saturated fat has been shown to have positive effects on the body, such as:
- Boosting your immune system: Saturated fatty acids, like those found in butter, give white blood cells the boost they need to identify and destroy invading viruses.Increasing
- Increasing testosterone: Eating saturated fat has been shown to increase free testosterone levels, helping repair tissue and preserve muscle.Improving liver health: Saturated fat helps the liver to function more effectively.
- Improving liver health: Saturated fat helps the liver to function more effectively.
Problems such as heart disease and obesity are actually caused by numerous factors, including inactivity, oxidized fats (or trans fats) and overeating.
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