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Should You Eat Saturated Fats? The Answer May Surprise You…

 low carb diets actually LOWER total cholesterol and
triglycerides while increasing HDL levels

There are several areas of confusion when it comes to eating, and
no area is more confusing than the issue of whether or not
saturated fat is bad for us or not.  For the most part,
conventional medical thought is that “saturated fat is bad for you.”
However a growing number of people feel that the jury is still out
on saturated fat intake because it may have health benefits.
One of the main reasons we are told to lower our consumption of
saturated fats is to lower the risk of heart disease.  However,
studies that look at the effects of “low carb” diets are a big
reason this theory is being questioned.  Numerous studies have
found that low carb diets actually LOWER total cholesterol and
triglycerides while increasing HDL levels (good cholesterol),
despite consuming higher than conventionally recommended saturated
fat levels. (1,2)

 low carb diets have you consume MORE saturated
fat than is recommended, yet cholesterol and triglyceride levels
DROP.

In other words, the low carb diets have you consume MORE saturated
fat than is recommended, yet cholesterol and triglyceride levels
DROP.  And when this happens, these changes in fat levels lower
your risk of heart disease…not raise it.
And if that’s not enough evidence to prove that conventional
medicine may be wrong about saturated fat, another study out of
Harvard has raised more questions.  This study looked at
postmenopausal women who had previously eaten low fat diets and
despite that fact had plaque build-up in their arteries.  But the
same study found that when women ate diets that were higher in
saturated fat, the progression of arterial plaque stopped. (3)
The one factor that was associated with the progression of artery
clogging plaque was a higher intake of carbohydrates, as is
typically eaten on a low-fat diet.
In considering whether or not you should consume saturated fats or
not, heart disease should not be your only consideration.  As an
example, higher saturated fat intake from full fat dairy products
has been found to DECREASE a woman’s risk of being infertile, while
eating low fat dairy foods was found to increase the risk of being
infertile. (4)
As more research accumulates, there is no doubt the messages to
consumers about saturated fats will be changed.  In the meantime, I
recommend you limit your carbohydrates and center a diet of plant
foods and organic proteins.
And we probably shouldn’t be afraid to
include some saturated fats from butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil,
and organic meats and dairy (as tolerated).
Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!
Sincerely,
Dr. Justin Trosclair dc
Research References
Mente A, et al.  Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(7):659-669.
Hession M, et al. Obes Rev. 2008 Aug 11.
Mozaffarian D, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. Vol. 80, No.5,1175-1184; 2004.
Chavarro JE, et al.  Human Reproduction. Feb 28, 2007;
doi:10.1093/humrep/dem019.
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