Friday, October 21, 2011

What's All The Hype About Saturated Fat?

I am constantly being cautioned by people about eating saturated fat on my low carb diet or  I hear people say to me that they are afraid to go low carb because they were told that it isn't healthy to eat meat and cheese, eggs and butter.  Yet for most of those who do change diet and eat more meat, butter, cheese AND stop eating "fake" foods and processed carbohydrates as I did, in just about every case that I am aware of all important health related markers get better not worse.

I have often said to those who lecture me on the danger of my eating plan; "show me the studies that prove that saturated fat causes heart disease?"  Funny how no one ever comes back to me with anything to prove it.

So, I decided to do a google search on this which was very simple and any one of you can do just like I did today.  If you look at the search you will easily see that I put in the search box "saturated fat heart disease studies".  Pretty specific language spelling out what I was looking for, right?   So, where are all the studies PROVING that saturated fat causes heart disease.  
The following link will show you what I found on page one of my google search.  Page 2 of the search was nearly the same as page one.    I could not find one single study linking saturated fat to heart disease!  As a matter of fact I saw things like this:  "Studies finds no clear link between people's intake of saturated fat and their risk of developing heart disease." or this one  "For decades, Americans have been told that saturated fat clogs arteries and causes heart disease. But there's just one problem: No one's ever proved it."     
Try this search for yourself if you don't believe it.

Interestingly, when I read one or two of the articles,  they had interviewed past AHA president  Dr. Robert H. Eckel about the results.  Dr. Eckel is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.  Dr Eckel cautioned against "over interpreting" the results.  "No one is saying that some saturated fat is going to harm you...people should enjoy their food".   Dr. Eckel maintained that we still want people to stay away from saturated fat.  

My question now is Why?  Why continue to insist that saturated fat is bad?   Is it because they feel that we've gone so far with the idea that we can't turn back?   I don't get it!   I say bring on the T-Bone steak with butter and onions!   My blood sugar, A1C, LDL and  triglycerides  have all come down and my HDL has gone up since I went low carb and higher fat.  Is this an accident?   Just about everyone who has changed their diet in this respect has better numbers as I do.    All I have to say to the naysayers for now on is show me the evidence, otherwise leave me alone!
                         For the results of my google search Click Here

1 comment:

  1. Beef is actually made up of more Monounsaturated Fat than Saturated Fat. It includes healthy Omega 3's and Omega 6's.
    Look here

    Amounts Per Selected Serving %DV (daily value)

    (these numbers are for a whole roast, not a slice)
    Total Fat 63.0g 97% DV
    Saturated Fat 23.2g 116% DV
    Monounsaturated Fat 31.2g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g
    Total trans fatty acids~
    Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids~
    Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids~
    Total Omega-3 fatty acids 290mg
    Total Omega-6 fatty acids 1548mg

    Read More Here