More and more studies show that saturated fat does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. You can find saturated fat in meat, butter, lard and coconut fat. Saturated fat could even bring you all kinds of health benefits. This is diametrically opposed to the now 50-year-old theory, which states that saturated fat are unhealthy and that they could cause cardiovascular disease. Has something been lied to us? Many doctors are in the camp of the opponents of saturated fat, but many prominent and different scientists and researchers say that saturated fat contributes positively to your health. Who is right and how is it that there is such a big difference between the two camps?
How did the contrast about saturated fat arise?
A possible cause of the theory that saturated fat is unhealthy for you and that it would cause all kinds of cardiovascular diseases is the 7 – Country Study of the American doctor Ancel Keys. His research, in the 1960s, into the role of saturated fat in relation to elevated cholesterol, has had a major impact on public opinion. He proved saturated fats would lead to an elevated cholesterol level, which can have all kinds of negative effects on your health. He has done a study in several countries, known as the 7 – Country Study. He showed that in the 7 countries studied there was a relationship between eating saturated fat and the development of a high cholesterol level.
7 Countries, or more more countries?
If Ancel Keys then scientifically demonstrated the evil role, why did a controversy arise? Why is there more and more evidence that saturated fat has no relation to the development of cardiovascular diseases? This is because Keys has examined several countries, which showed different results, but he did not include these countries in his publication. Only 7 countries appear in his publication, 6 of which show a negative relationship. In total he has researched more than 20 countries. In most countries there was no correlation between eating saturated fat and the development of cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases. Anyway, he left those results out of his publication.
Why he omitted research results is unclear, but his theory has been leading in the past 50 years. In the past 50 years, many “fat-free” and “low-fat” products have entered the market. You know them. It is the products with “Now with 0% fat” or “Now with less fat” on the label. Strangely enough, however, we have grown massively in the last 50 years. Even if you do not let a scientist look at it, you can see an increase in weight and BMI in the statistics in the past 50 years.
It goes on
Several studies show that eating saturated fat does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is therefore diametrically opposed to the general view that less saturated fat benefits the health of your heart and your vascular system. Various studies have been carried out on different population groups, where saturated fat was eaten regularly, but where no hard- and vascular diseases occurred, due to that eating pattern. You could think of the Mediterranean diet. But it goes beyond that. It turns out not only that saturated fat not only increases the risk of getting, but rather reduces it. Although this has not yet been demonstrated very strongly, there are indications.
But now let’s see where your body uses those saturated fats.
Saturated fat plays an important role in your cardiovascular health, as it is called nicely. But it simply means the health of the heart and vascular system. Saturated fat reduces the levels of a certain substance, which has a strong relationship with the development of cardiovascular diseases.
Your body’s cells consist for a certain part of fat. Without fat, no body cells. Your whole body is made up of body cells.
Saturated fat protects your liver against alcohol and against medicines.
For the absorption of the mineral calcium, fat is needed. Calcium is an important building material for your bones. Fat and strong bones therefore have a relationship.
Your brain consists of 60% fat. When you do not eat fat, it has an impact on the functioning of your brain. By the way, your brain loves the omega 3 fats .
Your immune system also benefits from saturated fat. It has a positive impact on your white blood cells to recognize and destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Which fat do you take?
Coconut fat is a form of saturated fat that you can easily use to bake and use as butter. I use it myself. I also eat cream butter instead of margarine. Margarine often contains a lot of linoleic acid and is known today that it can cause all kinds of inflammations. These inflammations can lead to disorders such as dementia, heart disease and the like. The best you can choose for fats that occur in the natural form. You can think of coconut fat, butter, wild fish, lean beef and vegetable fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
So there is a lot to do around saturated fat. The authorities have for years warned about the possible negative effects. But those negative effects that appear to be noticeable, in fact, consumption of saturated fat seems healthy rather than unhealthy, if you look at the newer studies. In any case, as a consumer it is rather complicated to make the right choices. If scientists do not agree with each other and reject each other’s theories. Fortunately, there is no monopoly on knowledge and as a consumer you can consult various sources to make a judgment yourself.
I myself have also used margarine, from all kinds of brands, every year, but I use cream butter in recent years. In the beginning it felt a bit strange. It was always butter that was unhealthy, I have been told for years. But I have become more convinced of the opposite. So I spread butter on my spelled or sourdough rolls. I am also convinced that there are many different things in the field of healthy and tasty food.