Saturated Fat


Saturated fat - the most natural fat on our planet

In a review in 2010 called meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it pooled together data from 21 unique studies that included almost 350,000 people, about 11,000 of whom developed Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD), tracked for an average of 14 years, and concluded that there is no relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease or stroke.

Let us put that in layperson's terms for you: Eating saturated fat does NOT cause heart disease.

Why has saturated fat been demonized?

It started some 70 years ago by a man called Ancel Keys. He was convinced that saturated fat was the culprit to heart attacks and strokes which had increased massively since the beginning of last centaury. By manipulating data which was collected from 22 countries initially, he decided to base his findings on only 7 countries. He could prove the correlation of these countries that saturated fat intake was high and therefore the Cardio Vascular Disease was high. He completely ignored the massive increase in consumption of sugar (no longer rationed after WW2), increase in bread and other grains consumption as well as the enormous use of seed/ vegetable oils.

The food manufacturers can be blamed for most of this. It is expensive and since profits are their priority they wanted to use cheaper fats. Vegetable oils - however very high in omega 6 and therefore extremely inflammatory. The inflammations will cause severe pains as well as autoimmune diseases and of course Cardio Vascular Disease. Of course trans fats, which are man made are terribly bad for. Margarine has got trans fat in it, and is carcinogenic. Trans fats are derived from vegetable oils but gives food a longer shelf life. But never mind, profits are priority.

In 1990 McDonald's were forced to stop using beef dripping when deep frying their fries because of the high saturated fat content. They resorted to vegetable oil (polyunsaturated) which we know is extremely unhealthy and causes inflammations and subsequently many illnesses.

McDonald's was sued by an American man who used to eat at the restaurant frequently, but as a result got a heart attack. In a nut shell don't blame the saturated fat for what the bread and the fries/ chips did, Let's throw in some sugary soda here too. Maybe it's time to go back to basics for health's sake. How about introducing Original Fries? This will lower the amount of diseases caused by a high intake of Omega 6, and also look at new bread options. Just a thought.

Unfortunately in the world, saturated fat is still demonized and blamed. It is quite ridiculous that the Traffic Light System in the UK, is showing the content of sat-fats, what should be shown is the carbohydrate content. The law needs to change!