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Reasons Why Saturated Fat Is Actually Good For You

A healthy Diet Should Contain Saturated Fat.

There have been a lot of controversy about saturated fat. They were demonized a few decades ago and claimed to cause heart disease, but new data shows that to be completely false.

Actually, a nutrition rich in saturated fat is good for numerous reasons: saturated fat increases the level of LDL (not the particles that penetrate the arterial wall), raises the level of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), reduces the risk of stroke and can also help losing weight.

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…..Saturated fats increase HDL cholesterol

Better still, ongoing research suggests that saturated fat can actually increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, which is the “good” cholesterol that transports cholesterol from the arteries to the liver for reuse or excretion. Research published in the journal Arteriosclerosis & Thrombosis in 1992, for example, found that “all fatty acids elevated HDL cholesterol when substituted for carbohydrates,” and that these effects “diminished with increasing unsaturation of the fatty acids.” These results suggest that, contrary to popular belief, saturated fat intake can actively benefit our cardiovascular health.

Saturated fats can contribute to weight loss

Another belief people have about saturated fat is that eating it makes us fat. However, this is only a half-truth. Eating saturated fat will make us fat — if we also eat a diet high in carbohydrates and refined sugars. A high-fat, low-carb paleo or ketogenic diet, on the other hand, is proven to deliver effective weight loss results. For example, a study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism showed that there was “a clear benefit of a [very low-carbohydrate ketogenic] over [low-fat] diet for short-term body weight and fat loss, especially in men.”

Moreover, studies have shown that individual high-fat foods can contribute to weight loss when taken as a supplement. A Brazilian study published in the journal Lipids in 2009, for instance, found that women who consumed 30 milliliters of coconut oil daily exhibited a significant reduction in abdominal fat when compared to the control group. This result has been ascribed to coconut oil’s large concentrations of medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fat that our bodies metabolize with unusual rapidity.

……By Michael Ravensthorpe

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