Fat Free, Low Fat, no Saturated Fats: Stop the Nonsense!

I wanted to pass on the following for all of you who have heard, seemingly forever, that saturated fats are bad for us.

The following is an excerpt from Dr Josh Axe’s blog courtesy of Mary Enig, PhD and Sally Fallon.  Full article is linked at the bottom of this post.

The Benefits Of Saturated Fats

The much-maligned saturated fats-which Americans are trying to avoid-are not the cause of our modern diseases. In fact, they play many important roles in the body chemistry:

  • Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50% of the cell membranes. They are what gives our cells necessary stiffness and integrity.
  • They play a vital role in the health of our bones. For calcium to be effectively incorporated into the skeletal structure, at least 50% of the dietary fats should be saturated.
  • They lower Lp(a), a substance in the blood that indicates proneness to heart disease.
  • They protect the liver from alcohol and other toxins, such as Tylenol.
  • They enhance the immune system.
  • They are needed for the proper utilization of essential fatty acids. Elongated omega-3 fatty acids are better retained in the tissues when the diet is rich in saturated fats.
  • Saturated 18-carbon stearic acid and 16-carbon palmitic acid are the preferred foods for the heart, which is why the fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated. The heart draws on this reserve of fat in times of stress.
  • Short- and medium-chain saturated fatty acids have important antimicrobial properties. They protect us against harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract.
  • The scientific evidence, honestly evaluated, does not support the assertion that “artery- clogging” saturated fats cause heart disease. Actually, evaluation of the fat in artery clogs reveals that only about 26% is saturated. The rest is unsaturated, of which more than half is polyunsaturated.

End of excerpt.

FYI:  the majority of saturated fats comes from animal sources.  The coconut is an example of a plant-based saturated fat.

I’ve posted this information not to suggest that you load up on fat but rather that you recognize that fat is so very important to our well being.  Fats from healthy animals and from plant sources have been a part of the human diet since the beginning of time.

I’ve linked the entire article below.  Well worth the read if you’d like to better understand the role of all dietary fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated) in the human diet.

Warning:  watch out for those so-called healthy polyunsaturated fats, particularly the omega 6 fats that are EVERYWHERE in our food supply.   To read more click on link below.


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