Looks like mainstream medicine may be on the verge of a MAJOR about-face on a core issue. It’s one that impacts millions of Americans.
And it’s ALSO one I’ve been ranting about here in Healthier Talk for years.
It turns out that saturated fats may not exactly be the heart-harming villains they’ve been made out to be. And the guidelines and diet they’ve been ramming down our throats for decades as the only way to save ourselves from heart disease? Well, they’re basically BUNK.
Of course, if you’ve been reading Healthier Talk, you’ve been ahead of the curve all along. And this “new” discovery won’t be new to you. In fact, it’s going to sound very familiar.
The new report asserts that a reasonable amount of fresh and natural saturated fats won’t cause heart disease. And it goes to the next step, too.
Cutting these essential fats out of your diet if you have heart disease won’t save you, either.
The TRUTH about saturated fats and cholesterol
For years the mainstream has been obsessed with saturated fats. Since eating them in some cases can raise LDL levels… the so-called “bad” cholesterol… they’ve insisted they are harmful and cause heart disease.
In fact, it’s this same reasoning behind many cholesterol drugs being approved in the first place. The manufacturers didn’t have to prove the drugs saved lives, but rather just that they cut cholesterol.
In other words, it was assumed lower cholesterol means lower risk. But, of course, you know what the old saying says happens when you ASSUME, right?
Well, it holds true again. Because a new report from scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway asserts that’s simply NOT how it works. According to the researchers, your body adjusts to your fat intake, and specifically to the types of fats in your diet.
See, cells are continually pulling what they need out of your blood to make sure their membranes don’t get too stiff or too loose. They work to keep it all “just right,” and they can tweak that formula on the fly.
When you eat a diet rich in saturated fats, those cells need more cholesterol to keep that balance. And when you eat a lot of polyunsaturated fats – like omega-3s and omega-6s – those cells need less cholesterol.
The report proposes THAT is the REAL reason cholesterol levels rise and fall on specific diets. It’s just your cells working with what they have. It’s not always some major indication of good or bad health.
The TRUE villain behind heart disease
In a news release, the scientists slammed the supposed evidence linking saturated fats to heart disease as “weak.” They even called it “inconsistent and unconvincing.”
When it comes to heart disease, they say, it comes down to two far more critical issues, which have zilch to do with cholesterol and fat:
- insulin resistance
We know how to control those two factors, and it’s NOT by ditching fresh, natural meats or cutting all saturated fats out of your diet.
It’s by eliminating processed foods and excess carbs, especially sugars. Junk carbs send blood sugar soaring, leading to insulin resistance and inflammation. And the domino effect then triggers chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.
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The bottom line is you don’t need to ditch ALL the saturated fats to avoid heart disease. (Thank goodness since let’s face it, that’s often where the most flavor is.)
Embrace them instead. As long as they’re the fresh, healthy, and natural variety, you can safely incorporate some saturated fats into your diet.
It’s the other stuff you need to cut, especially anything refined or processed. And we don’t need a study to prove that. You’ll see the difference both on your scale and in your next round of blood test results.