Saturated Fat Will Keep
Your Heart Healthy
That's right, steak,
eggs and coconut oil are good for you! Saturated fat has gotten a bad wrap.
I know that this sounds like heresy and probably goes against everything you've
heard for the past 20 years.
You have no doubt
been told by the "experts" that saturated fat (specifically, fat derived
animals and tropical oils) in the diet leads to increased rates of coronary heart disease
and of course heart attacks. It isn't so.
A new study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
flies directly in the face of some of the fat police's most widely-cited
In this latest research, an American study of post-menopausal women with
heart disease, saturated fat in the diet proved to be associated with a LESSER
the disease than did higher consumption of the so called "healthy" unsaturated fats.
saturated fat intakes in the study were correlated with favorable trends in both HDL
(good) cholesterol and harmful triglycerides. In other words:
The maligned saturated fats effectively slowed down heart
Since this under-reported study used today's "gold standard" evaluative method
(quantitative angiography) to derive its
results, it poses a direct challenge to less precise prior research - as well as
to the misguided popular assumption that saturated fat in the diet drives heart
Why didn't you already know these things?
That's a good question.
Dr. Mary G. Enig, one of the world’s leading biochemists and a pioneer
in research on fats and oils explains:
"The fact is that for the last
four decades, saturated fats, including coconut oil, have been condemned
for the misdeeds of polyunsaturated fats, trans fats, and refined
The diet police have arrested the wrong suspect. Yes, saturated fats are good for you and may keep you from having a
heart attack or stroke. Your body needs saturated fat to nourish your
heart, brain, nerves and hormones. Every cell membrane is ideally made
up of 50% saturated fat including your brain.
They are also a
major component of healthy cells, the preferred fuel for the heart and muscles,
powerful antiviral and antifungal agents, and serve as cancer-fighting genetic
"regulators" in the body.
If you are deficient in saturated fat your energy drops and your
hormones and metabolism head south. Saturated fat lowers two important
heart attack risks, Lp(a) cholesterol and C Reactive Protein (CRP), a
measure of inflammation.
Now that we Americans are finally starting to realize the
heart-healthy, waistline-trimming benefits of a higher-fat, low-carbohydrate
diet (thanks to the late, great Dr. Atkins and others), it will be
interesting to see whether this "American Paradox" will get any play at all in
USA Today, Time magazine or on the evening news.
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