You might be surprised to hear me tell you that saturated fat has amazing health benefits! So misunderstood, saturated fat has been demonized ever since the 1950s when Ancel Keys published his skewed and untruthful data that only gave part of the story!
Saturated fat is NOT the cause of obesity, diabetes or heart disease.
Here’s what saturated fat IS good for:
Hormone Balancing – saturated fats are VITAL to hormone balance and production!
Brain Health – cholesterol is so important for healthy brain function!
Bone Health – improves absorption of minerals to keep bones strong
Regulating Immune Function (Hello autoimmune disease warriors !!)
Nervous System Regulation – your nerves are literally coated in cholesterol and it serves as signaling messengers as well (think anxiety, depression, and mood!)
Fat-Soluble Vitamins: A, D, E and K are better absorbed.
Body Composition: Fats help with satiety and event fat burning when carbohydrates are very low. The body loves this source of fuel!
It is important that we teach the public that saturated fat is not the demon it was made out to be. In fact, it is the high carbohydrate grains and legumes that can do more damage. Alternatively, eating low-fat diets can have a detrimental effect on hormone functions, brain development and function, skin and connective tissues and even heart function.
The fats that you definitely should avoid are the TRANS fats, which are hydrogenated plant oils that the body cannot digest well. Trans fats increase inflammation and numerous related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and autoimmune conditions. They are highly toxic and increase insulin resistance. It is easy to avoid eating them however, just avoid any processed or fried foods!
I highly recommend reading The Big Fat Surprise by @ninateicholz to educate yourself on the truth of research behind saturated fats.
How are you getting your saturated fats?? Do they still scare you??