Today is nutrient Tuesday at The Purple Almond. The next nutrient in our discussion in the Ultimate Guide to Nutrients will be saturated fat. Look for my in depth article on saturated fat, what it it, why it’s healthy and good sources on October 24, 2017. (I need a bit more time to research it properly.) For today, I wanted to share a few videos with you, which discuss the myths behind and health benefits of SATURATED FAT.

Since the 1970’s and even back as far as the 1950’s we have been told that saturated fat is the “bad guy” where fats are concerned. The present day policies, established in the 1970’s, were built on very little scientific evidence. What evidence they did have was shaky at best. Much of the evidence for the policies came from a man by the name of Ancel Keys and the famed 7 Country Study, which he claimed provided proof as to the dangers of saturated fat. What they don’t tell you, is that the study he was referencing, had data from 22 countries, however Keys picked only 6 countries from the list. What happened to the data from the other 17 countries? Keys threw it out because it didn’t fit into his narrative. (1, 2)

HERE IS THE GRAPH ANCEL KEYS PRODUCED:

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HERE’S A GRAPH PRODUCED BY TWO SCIENTISTS WHO RE-EVALUATED THE DATA:

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Here’s a short video explaining what Keys had done:

Scientific studies are now beginning to show that saturated fat is actually healthy for us. Keep in mind, at least 50% of the fat in our body is saturated fat. So, we have a lot of saturated fat in the body, we can’t form cells without it, but it’s bad for us? Hmmmm.

If you need further proof that the current policies demonizing saturated fat don’t hold water. How about obesity rates? We are fatter now then ever before. If the current policies are valid, why is America (and the rest of the world) growing fatter? Take a look at the charts below:

OBESITY RATES IN 1985

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OBESITY RATES IN 2010

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Onto the videos! Here are 3 short videos which give you an idea as to the health benefits of saturated fat.

Why Saturated Fat is

Actually Good for You!

Huffington Post

Saturated Fat is Good for you.

Dr. Axe

Why Saturated Fats are Good for You.

Dr. Wolfson

sources:

  1. http://asianwithoutrice.com/the-longest-fad-diet-in-american-history/
  2. https://www.dietdoctor.com/the-hidden-truth-behind-ancel-keys-famous-fat-graph

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