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This post contains no new, earth shattering information. It’s just resources that I have collected over the years to help people understand that we have been fed a load of bologna regarding saturated fats. I have written several posts that get a lot of discussion about whether saturated fats are healthy. These are the three that get the most commentary:
- Coconut Oil – Why is it so Wonderful?
- 52 Uses for Coconut Oil – The Simple, The Strange, and The Downright Odd!
- Butter IS Better – The Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Butter
Now, to check out some info that might help dispute the saturated fat myth. Please note: The content shared on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. Statements/products discussed have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult your own health care practitioner before making changes to your current diet or before beginning any herbal or vitamin supplement regimen or exercise program.
First up, a clip from the documentary Fat Head, which, if you haven’t watched, please do. And no, I am not calling YOU a fat head! 🙂
Next up, here are a few articles that contain some great nuggets of info regarding saturated fat. If nothing else, it’s food for thought, as we all continue on our journey of re-education in regards to what is healthy and what is not. What is truth and what is fiction? It is up to all of us to make our own decisions regarding our health and what is best for our families. I encourage each and every one of you to take some time and do your own research and come to your own decisions regarding what is right and what is wrong. Now, keep in mind, when I speak about saturated fats, I’m talking about the good ones, like butter, coconut oil, tallow, etc., not anything man-made. Stay away from man-made fats. Eat only what’s natural!
I pulled this list of articles from Health Impact News, which is an awesome site for alternative medicine, real food, natural health, etc., articles. Note that the authors are different for each article and there is a fair share that are written by actual medical doctors, so this is not just a bunch of average Joes (like me) saying saturated fat is not the devil it has been made out to be. Read on and then I would love to hear your thoughts!!
- LDL Cholesterol May Protect Us against Cancer
- Dutch Get it Right and Recognize Saturated Fat is Not a Problem
- 7 reasons to eat more fat
- Saturated fat and cardiovascular disease: The discrepancy between the scientific literature and dietary advice
- The Positive Effects of Low-Carbohydrate High Saturated Fat Diets on Diabetes
- Saturated Fats Help Build Hormones and Tame Your Appetite
- To Achieve Optimal Health Eat MORE Saturated Fat
- Are Saturated Fats Artery-Clogging?
- Dietary intake of saturated fat NOT associated with cardiovascular disease
- Saturated Fats are Good for You
- The Truth About Saturated Fats, from a Cardiologist
- How Africans have been fooled to think coconut oil and other traditional foods from their culture are unhealthy
- Enjoy Saturated Fats, They’re Good for You!
- Reducing Fats does not Prevent Heart Disease or Save Lives
- You’ve Been Living A Lie: The Story Of Saturated Fat And Cholesterol
- New Study: Don’t Fear Fat
- Could Saturated Fats Make a Comeback in Light of New Research?
- Epilepsy cured when parents stop all meds and use high fat diet only
- A Big Fat Mistake: Research Points to Carbs, not Saturated Fat, as Greatest Health Risk
- The Cholesterol Myth – We Need Cholesterol
- Butter versus Margarine: Why Butter is Better
- Why having high cholesterol isn’t always bad
- The Importance of Cholesterol for the Brain and the Danger of Carbs
So, tell me. Where do you stand on the saturated fat controversy? Do you consume saturated fats like pastured butter and coconut oil regularly? Or, do you steer clear?
For further reading, check out Butter IS Better: The Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Butter and How to Make European-Style Cultured Butter At Home.
ya shoulda seen my toast this morning!
Love Coconut oil and bacon grease, Have to avoid regular butter though, allergic to the casein, occaisionally enjoy Ghee(too expensive).
We LOVE butter!! And coconut oil (thanks for the tip Jess!) We are taking baby steps towards eating better, although I have always steered clear from most processed foods all my life. Yay real food!
Great post! We love coconut oil!
I laughed at DawnBarb’s comment! 🙂 Same here. Coconut oil, real butter, yum.
I get so frustrated when I am told that my LDL is too high and that I will probably have either a heart attack or stroke in my 50’s or 60’s. I’m 36, in a healthy weight range, not on my couch all day (five kids), and eat NORMALLY. I don’t go to extremes on anything. I can’t take the cholesterol meds because I am the one who gets those “rare, but serious side effects”. Nothing I seem to do helps, so…I give up. I’ll stay active, eat reasonably (butter & coconut oil) and hope for the best.
Good plan! The stress would kill you before the butter and coconut oil would. And, I always try to remember that the doctor’s logic is based on faulty science. Hopefully, we are heading into a new era where science will start changing around things like this. Could you imagine a time in the future when a doctor would say “Go home and eat more butter! It might save your life!” HAHA! 🙂
In answer to your question: Both, regularly!
It only serves to reason that the best source of energy for the human body is saturated fat. We store excess calories in the form of adipose fat tissue. When we need it, out body calls for the release of this SATURATED fat to supply energy for our body. It takes a LOT less saturated fat to keep us going than it does a relatively low caloric density food such as grains. Long live saturated fat!
As far as I know, butter has a good amount of Vitamin A, which is good for you. However, the logic being is that it is high in saturated fat. That is a fact. It is also a fact that saturated fat contributes to cardiovascular diseases. Taking a chemistry course may hopefully help explain it to people who doesn’t understand how bonding work here, as ignorance is often practice.
Hi Fuji – I have to disagree. Saturated fat does not contribute to heart disease and there has been a lot of research that proves it does not. Check out some of the links in this post and you will find that the “saturated fat causes heart disease myth” is just that, a myth. Saturated fat does not lead to heart disease. Carbohydrates and inflammation are the main causes of heart disease. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you, Jessica–I have been looking for good pro-saturated fat info! We have gone “saturated” in our kitchen and I feel like I’m back in the wholesome 1950s of my childhood! I’m adding your link to our post on rendering animal fats.
Love it! Thanks for stopping by!
I never bought the saturated fat thing, although my husband did. With a lot of heart disease and high cholesterol in his family, he’s been on the low fat, “lean protein” thing for awhile. But lately, he’s been reading enough good info that he’s not so worried about it, which is good! We buy local grass fed beef, and I use bacon grease and butter, plus coconut oil and olive oil. If I could find tallow and lard freshly made, or figure out how to make it myself, I’d use that too! We still use 1% milk, only because I don’t really like milk (never have) and 1% is all I can handle texture-wise. Thanks for all the great info!
Hi Jennings – I’m happy this was helpful for you! Cheers! 🙂