We have consumed saturated fat for nearly thousands of decades. However, six decades ago, the nutritional world adopted a fat-free way of living, which is not that healthy as many research works claim it to be. Contrary to what the US dietary establishment state, a low-fat diet is not at all good for your health. In this post, we will give you the best three reasons why taking a diet rich in saturated fat is actually awesome for your well-being. Let us dive into the details now.
In the worldwide campaign to demonize saturated fat, the campaigners completely ignore the fact that this fat raises the level of HDL too. HDL is high density lipoprotein that is even referred to as the “good” cholesterol. HDL is again an important component of the body as this form of protein ferries cholesterol toward the liver and away from arteries; in the liver, cholesterol may be either reused or excreted.
This is precisely why a body should be able to secrete high amounts of HDL. Put simply, the higher the HDL levels in your body, the lower are the chances of you getting a heart disease. And saturated fat always helps in raising the levels of HDL in the blood. This is one of the points that Nina Teicholz makes in her book, The Big Fat Surprise.
In an interview with Dr. Frank Lipman, she states that eating a low-fat diet causes the HDL in the blood to drop dramatically. This effect is especially true for women, especially who religiously follow the low-fat diet recommendations given by the US dietary establishment. Teicholz stated, “Even in the 1980s, it was found that middle-aged women with high cholesterol lived longer than those with low cholesterol . . .”
A huge review article that was published in 2010 analyzed the data collected from 21 studies that covered 347,747 individuals. This article stated that there is completely no connection between the risk of heart diseases and saturated fat. Further, there were multiple flawed studies that continually built erroneous connections between saturated fat and heart disease.
Somehow, these faulty links between saturated fat and heart ailments were spread among people by media, health professionals, and even the government bodies. Because of this widespread view, everyone started believing that saturated fat was very harmful to the body.
The full documentation of why saturated fat is not bad for our health is available in Teicholz’s book, The Big Fat Surprise. The author stated that when we cut the amount of fat in our diet, we consume a lot of vegetable oils such as canola, corn, and soybean. These oils were nowhere to be found in the 1900s but now constitute 7 to 8 percent of the total calories we eat. She even states that excessive consumption of such oils give rise to a number of health problems, such as cancer.
Cholesterol is a super-important molecule for life. The cell membranes of a body are loaded with cholesterol used for making a number of hormones such as estradiol, testosterone, and cortisol. In short, without adequate levels of cholesterol, we all would die; that is exactly why our bodies have an elaborate mechanism to make cholesterol just for ensuring that we have enough of this substance.
However, there is a specific protein that has to carry cholesterol in our blood; that protein is called low density lipoprotein (LDL), which was associated with the rising risk of heart diseases. Nevertheless, a new study is focused on exploring these LDL subtypes that include:
Large LDL: This form of protein is just like a large, fluffy, lightweight cotton ball—and it is not associated with the rising risk of heart diseases.
Dense, small LDL: These are small, dense particles that can enter the arterial wall, however.
Saturated fat improves the larger subtype of LDL, and this implies that the saturated fat’s cholesterol-rising effects are mild and mostly irrelevant. Nina Teicholz, a highly meticulous investigative journalist, did nine years of research to prove that cholesterol and saturated fat are not bad for our health—the documentation of her complete research can be found in her best seller, The Big Fat Surprise. She clearly notes that many experts are re-assessing the evidence and reversing out of major parts of the diet-heart hypothesis: the backtracking on cholesterol, for instance, and the questioning of the idea that saturated fats cause heart disease.
Because of these three factors, saturated fat should be included in our everyday diet. Rather than consuming a low- or zero-fat diet, we should stick to food that is rich in saturated fat. So what do you think about the consumption of saturated fat? Do drop your thoughts in the comments section below and let us know.