Saturated fat: no longer the health villain or is it?
Published: December 21, 2018
However, over the years research has been able to differentiate between different types of fats and their effect on these two health issues.
Higher intakes of saturated fat have been associated with increased risk of heart disease, while higher intakes of unsaturated fat (particularly polyunsaturated fats) appear to be associated with lower risk of heart disease.
Higher intakes of saturated fat also appear to increase visceral or deep belly fat which appears to be associated with increased risk of heart disease, whereas higher intakes of polyunsaturated fats do not appear to influence belly fat.
Many factors contribute to weight gain, but higher intakes of saturated fat are more likely to result in increased stores of fat around your mid section.
Despite significant research concerning saturated fat consumption and heart disease, a relatively recent meta-analysis of research studies has cast doubt upon the “badness” of saturated fat.
Where does this leave you the consumer? What do you know about saturated fat? What does it look like? Which foods contain saturated fat? And how much is too much?
What do you have to say about this topic? Read on and join the conversation.
For a more detailed understanding of the concepts identified follow the embedded links to other articles on this site.
Whitney, E. & Rady Rolfes, S. (2005). Understanding Nutrition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth
Gropper, S.S., Smith, J.L. & Groff, J.L. (2005). Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism (4thEd.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
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