Seriously?! Seriously!! The one disservice the fitness and nutrition industry has done that stands out more than the rest, is demonizing the consumption of fats – saturated fats, primarily. Ask anyone who is on a diet, and the lowest macro they usually consume (or don’t consume, rather) is almost always fat. But whyyyyyy??? Fat consumption is not only essential for your body to turn on its metabolic furnace to burn fat, but it just so happens that the brain THRIVES on fat, well being that the human brain is 60% fat and all…
But there is no possible way that all these years we have been conditioned to avoid saturated fats, were all for naught… could it be? ‘Tis ’tis. Saturated fat, when controlled, not only could be consumed, but SHOULD be consumed. This does not mean your entire fat intake throughout the day should consist of saturated fats. But avoiding them every chance you get, is actually a pretty good way to increase your chances of heart disease, not decrease them. Say whaaaa?! It’s true! In this piece, we are gonna discuss, and even show you, why people who consume more saturated fats are actually leaner, healthier, and have significantly less chances of heart disease. We found this interesting article called 6 Charts That Show How The War On Fat Was A Gigantic Mistake, and it’s fuckin’ awesome! We liked it, needless to say…
First, what is saturated fat? Going with the definition from The American Heart Association:
Saturated fats have a chemical makeup in which the carbon atoms are saturated with hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.
The more fat you consume that’s solid at room temperature, the worse it is for your body, typically speaking. With that said, avoiding saturated fats like the plague is just as bad as going overboard on them. Human beings NEED saturated fats to maintain optimal internal chemistry, as well optimal health. I know it might seem hard to believe with all the negative dogma associated with saturated fats, but we are here to forever disprove that stigma, and get you munchin’ down on some saturated fats and increasing your overall health markers!
As people have reduced their intake of animal fat and cholesterol, the incidence of many serious diseases has gone up. We are now in the midst of worldwide pandemics of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
Studies conducted in the past few decades conclusively show that neither saturated fat nor dietary cholesterol cause harm in humans.
Is that a coincidence, or just evolutionary? It’s neither really, but closer to evolutionary than coincidence. People stop eating fat – people get more prone to various diseases. Will this go on down the line to our ancestors and so on and so on? Yes, yes it will. We need to stop this ridiculous notion and fear of saturated fat, and understand its benefits vs. the risks (which really are minimal)
Scientists are now beginning to realize that the entire low-fat dogma was based on flawed studies that have since been thoroughly debunked.
Good – great – grand – wonderful – splendid – fantastic – marvelous. Thanks, scientists!! Now then, onto the proof…
1. In Europe, the Countries that Eat the Most Saturated Fat Have the Lowest Risk of Heart Disease
In Europe, as you can see in the chart below, there is absolutely NO correlation between saturated fats and heart disease. By the looks of things, it seems as if Europeans who consume more saturated fats, actually have LESS of a chance of heart disease related fatalities. Hmmm…. that’s curious…
The reason for this is simple, actually … the truth is that saturated fat simply has NOTHING to do with cardiovascular disease. There is no paradox. It was a myth all along.
2. The Obesity Epidemic in the USA Started at Almost The Exact Same Time the Low-Fat Dietary Guidelines Were Published
Back in the year 1977, the low-fat diet was recommended to all Americans. Looking back, it is interesting to see that the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the guidelines first came out.
Although this graph doesn’t prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), this does make sense because people started giving up traditional foods like butter in place of processed “low-fat” foods high in sugar.
Again, I ask: coincidence? In the time passed since 1977, numerous studies have been conducted and PROVED that eating a low-fat diet does not cause fat loss as efficiently as other forms of diets. Nevertheless, low-fat is still the number one go-to premise across the nation, for whatever reason…
3. Diets that Are High in Fat But Low in Carbohydrates Cause More Weight Loss than Diets that Are Low in Fat
This should be pretty simple to understand, as low-carb diets have become just as much a craze as low-fat diets once were; there’s a reason for it!
If animal fat was as bad as they say, then diets that contain a lot of it should be both fattening and harmful to your health. However, the studies do NOT back this up.
In the study above, women eating a low-carb, high-fat diet until fullness lost more than twice as much weight as women eating a calorie restricted low-fat diet.
And another important little tid-bit to note:
The truth is, diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) consistently lead to much better results than low-fat, high carb diets.
Not only do they cause more weight loss, but they also lead to big improvements in pretty much all the major risk factors for diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Has your mind been properly stimulated? Have you seen the light? Good! But there’s more. Carry on to Eat Fat, Get Fit: Part 2 for 3 more reasons why saturated fats should be in your belly more often than not.