Saturated Fat: Good or Bad?

meatOfficial health authorities have for decades claimed that a high saturated fat intake is linked to heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and surges in blood cholesterol levels, and even those people who pay little attention to nutrition have therefore usually learned sometime during their life that butter and fatty meats are something that should be avoided if you want to live a long and healthy life. However, since the advice to reduce fat intake was first included in the official dietary guidelines in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, some experts have argued that there really isn’t enough evidence in support of the diet-heart hypothesis – which states that an imbalance of dietary cholesterol and fats, and high serum cholesterol, are the primary causes of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. In the last couple of years, more and more studies have indicated that the villification of saturated fat is unfounded, and many paleo (+dairy) and low-carb dieters have therefore completely dismissed the conventional wisdom and started consuming plenty of coconut oil, bacon, cheese, cream, and GHEE. But where does the answer lie? Should we trust the official dietary recommendations, or should we abandon the the notion that saturated fats are bad for you?

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