Latest Science on Saturated Fats vs Carbs for Health or NOT

By on December 8, 2015

Kris Gunnars,  my idol in the nutrition dissemination world has reviewed the latest scientific studies on the effect of saturated fats on the diet.  Check out this overview,  then log onto his site.  Sign up to get his posts regularly.  You’ll learn something.  His review of the new science is illuminating.

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Time to Retire The Myth?

People with certain medical conditions or cholesterol problems may need to watch their saturated fat intake.

However, the studies are pretty clear that, for the average individual, saturated fat has no significant association with heart disease.

That being said, there may be a small benefit to replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat.

This does not mean that saturated fat is “bad” – just that it is neutral, while some unsaturated fats are particularly healthy.

By replacing something that is neutral with something that is very healthy, then you will get a net health benefit.

Healthy sources of unsaturated fats include nuts, seeds, fatty fish, extra virgin olive oil and avocados.

At the end of the day, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for the general population to worry about saturated fat.

There are other issues that are much more worthy of your attention, like avoiding sugary soda and junk food, eating healthy food and exercising.

Eating Fat is not what makes you FAT.

Want to lose 10 pounds quick?  Eat egg salad every morning for breakfast.

Want to lose 10 pounds quick? Eat egg salad every morning for breakfast.

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About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”