Saturated Fat Myth

Coconut Oil is my favorite saturated fat. It loaded with Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), a special kind of saturated fat that’s especially filling and energizing. MCT’s are preferentially burnt, which makes them ideal for folks dealing with pancreatic, liver or fat malabsorbtion issues. For those with impaired gall bladder functioning or who’ve had this important ..

By Ben Fuchs | Pharmacist Ben

For decades medical model mythology has maintained that the heart and saturated fat are mortal enemies. Ever since Dr. Ancel Keys concluded that the lower incidences of heart disease in Japan, Finland, and some of the European countries was related to their lower intake of saturated fat (and cholesterol), Americans and health care professionals have had a love hate relationship with lipids. Although as a country we still consume large amounts fatty foods, and the vast majority of us find it impossible not to indulge, it’s next to impossible to find a doctor or dietician who doesn’t demand we don’t. Saturated fat is best thought of as “hard fat”, saturation being a chemical term that can best be perceived as hardness. Butter, lard, and cheese are all examples of foods that contain lots of saturated fats, while most liquid oils contain large amounts of unsaturated ones.

Saturated Fat

Coconuts sundried in Kozhikode, Kerala for making copra, which is used for making coconut oil. By Dan Iserman , via Wikimedia Commons

For almost 60 years health dogma has held that when we eat saturated fat, the firmness of our feta somehow becomes hardness in heart and blood vessels, resulting in the sticky fatty plaques that are linked cardiac pathology. This is despite the fact that pre-1900s statistics show that even though our great-grandparents ate much more saturated fat than do we, their 21st century descendents, heart disease of all kinds was far less prevalent, affecting around 8 percent of the population. By 1921 it was the leading cause of death, and it has remained so to this day, despite billions of dollars spent on diagnostics devices and lots of drugs.

Over the last 100 years or so Americans intake of saturated fatty foods has dropped dramatically. At the turn of the 20th century, for example, butter consumption fell from over 18 pounds per person per year to around 10 pounds or so by 1950. Today Americans eat only around 5 pounds of butter a year. On the other hand as the consumption of liquid fats, which in addition to being unsaturated are also highly processed, has risen, so have the rates of heart disease. The more unsaturated fat Americans ingest the sicker we become, not the other way around! Now whether or not there is direct causal link between heart disease and liquid oils has never been shown definitively, but certainly the demonization of saturated fats and their supposed connection to cardiac disease is at the very least unsubstantiated.

Whats more, there’s some evidence that eating saturated fat may actually be good for us. It’s much more stable than unsaturated (and especially poly-unsaturated) oils which break down and form heart-disease promoting free radicals really easily, especially when heated. And, Dr. Keys’ own data showed that countries with the highest per capita consumption of saturated fat actually had the lowest rates of heart disease.

Coconut Oil is my favorite saturated fat. It loaded with Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), a special kind of saturated fat that’s especially filling and energizing. MCT’s are preferentially burnt, which makes them ideal for folks dealing with pancreatic, liver or fat malabsorbtion issues. For those with impaired gall bladder functioning or who’ve had this important structure removed, coconut oil MCTs can be an important source of fatty nutrition. Butter is great saturated fat too. It’s got iodine, selenium and Vitamin K to boot. Put it on steamed asparagus or broccoli. Add some Celtic sea salt and spices…yum!!

*Did you know dark chocolate is 43 percent saturated fat?*

http://www.jwatch.org/fw108056/2013/10/23/cardiologist-decries-myth-role-saturated-fat-heart?query=pfw

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Ben Fuchs is a nutritional pharmacist from Colorado. He specializes in using nutritional supplements when other healthcare practitioners use toxic pharmaceutical drugs. He is the founder and formulator of Truth Treatment Systems for skin care, host of The Bright Side syndicated radio show, a member of Youngevity’s Scientific Advisory Board, health expert and frequent guest on Coast to Coast am with George Noory. “The human body is a healing and regenerating system, designed divinely to heal & renew itself on a moment to moment basis.” “Take charge of your biochemistry through foods and supplements, rather than allow toxic prescription drugs to take charge of you.” ~Ben Fuchs
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Ben Fuchs is a nutritional pharmacist from Colorado. He specializes in using nutritional supplements when other healthcare practitioners use toxic pharmaceutical drugs. He is the founder and formulator of Truth Treatment Systems for skin care, host of The Bright Side syndicated radio show, a member of Youngevity's Scientific Advisory Board, health expert and frequent guest on Coast to Coast am with George Noory. "The human body is a healing and regenerating system, designed divinely to heal & renew itself on a moment to moment basis." "Take charge of your biochemistry through foods and supplements, rather than allow toxic prescription drugs to take charge of you." ~Ben Fuchs