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Fats That Fight Cholesterol

Fat Can be a Friend or Foe

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  • WAPFROCKS
    I'm in total disagreement with the author on saturated fats. Many nutrients essential to health, especially HEART health, are found in animal fats.

    The author is also ignorant of fats in general. No source of fat is entirely saturated, entirely mono-unsaturated or entirely polyunsaturated. Only the balance of them changes from source to source. To concentrate on just a few fat sources because they are high in mono-unsaturated fats is to limit the variety of things you eat and therefore reduce your nutrient intake. I thought reducing nutrient intake wasn't a good thing. Just like it is best to eat a variety of vegetables, it's also best to eat a variety of fat sources from coconut oil, to olive oil, to fish oils, to lard, to poultry fat, to beef fat. and butter.

    By bashing saturated fats and telling people to avoid many animals sources of saturated fat people would also be shunning good sources of her precious mono-unsaturated fat. Beef tallow is about 40% mono-unsaturated. Lard is about 50%, FIFTY, mono-unsaturated. That puts lard on par with chicken fat, but no, lard is "bad", despite being the second richest food source of Vitamin D out there. Oh look, Vitamin D is good for the heart.

    When by saying that saturated fats are bad for your heart you end up limiting people's sources of heart healthy nutrients you know you've got something wrong.

    It has never been proved that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease. From the very first, decades ago, the first studies linking saturated fat and cholesterol to heart disease were falsified. The fats they used in the study that were indicated in contributing to heart disease were vegetable oils, but they were labeled as animals fats. The first population study that "proved" countries with a higher saturated fat and cholesterol intake had higher rates of heart disease were falsely interpreted, countries that did not prove the correlation were left out of the study.
  • SPARKPLUGGER
    No pork, no beef, no poultry, hmmmm. Is there a vegetarian bias here. Whereas I agree with the gist of the article about the importance of eating fats in the diet, the placement of an entire category of saturated fat under the unhealthy fats category is misleading. There are essential fatty acids that can only be obtained from certain foods we eat - our body does not make them, so while you're article is on the right track, it's incomplete. Medium chain fatty acids are a good choice for people who don't have a gall bladder for example. Coconut is an excellent choice for medium chain fatty acids. Eliminating saturated fats in the diet as your article implies is not up to date information.
  • CREAKYKNEES
    Its ok to spot the obvious bad stuff but so much of the processed food has palm oil(bad) and trans fats hidden in them with obscure description. Vegetable oil for palm oil and hydrogenated for trans fats. Why do retailers use them at all? Cheap I suppose.
  • WINSLOWELLIE
    The cholesterol hypothesis has been thoroughly debunked. The author should read either (or both) "The Great Cholesterol Con" and "Good Calories, Bad Calories" before you promote such absolutely bad health information. Saturated Fats have little or no effect on cholesterol, but sugars and grains do! Promoting the Omega 6 oils as she does is deadly! ARGH!!!

    Ellie at http://olfatbroadsloseweight.com
  • I agree with many of the readers who have left comments here - virgin coconut oil and red palm oils are good fats, not bad. The precessing of these oils - clarifiing, bleaching, etc changes that. But in their natural state they are not only healthy, but healers. We use virgin coconut oil as a naturla antibiotic in our house for everything from acne and pink ey to ear aches and lower cholesteral. Check it out.
  • GIANT-STEPS
    My high school chemistry teacher warned us about hydrogenated fats. Mind you this was in the 1970's when most people thought hydrogenated fats were healthy compared to butter, lard, etc. He told us that hydrogenating unsaturated fats made them just as bad. It turns out that he didn't go far enough and it is actually worse than saturated anaimal fats.

    One question I have is about saturated vegetable oils like palm or coconut oils. These seem to be making a comeback and I'm hearing a lot of claims about the healthfullness.
  • BADGIRLJO
    Totally agree with SASSAFRASS88. Polyunsaturated fats are BADDDD!
    They are MORE easily oxidzed than saturated fats, and contribute to inflamation that causes disease. Check out thehealthyskeptic.org the Weston A Price foundation website, cholesterol and health or books by Dr. Sinatra on heart disease.
  • I agree on coconut oil & palm kernel oil. Check out the new info out there!!!
  • KAKIPOPUP
    Could someone clarify the questions about coconut oil and respond to Sassafrass88's comment?
  • There are 4 fats: Trans (totally bad), saturated (need to limit), polyunsaturated and monounsaturated (the "good" fats). I try to eat foods with poly- and monounsaturated fats, and keep saturated fats low. What I find frustrating is the Nutrition Tracker puts all fats together, not separated out. Wouldn't this help to separate them with their respective limits?
  • LORDROCK
    Info on coconut oil seems wrong? I've seen studies that say it may lower cholesterol and helps with obesity when compared to Soy Bean Oil ??
  • i use palm kernel oil and coconut oil in my diet and has helped lower my cholesterol. read about medium chain triglicerides.
  • LION56
    very informative...
  • SASSAFRASS88
    You are so misinformed. Unfortunately that's what they teach you dietitians these days.

    Every food/ fat listed in the saturated fats that are to be 'avoided' are absolutely KEY fats for ultimate health.

    Saturated fats do not result in higher cholesterol. I DARE you to find one study that literally backs that up. In the meantime, I have SEVERAL scientific studies that prove the opposite.

    No wonder Americans are so overweight, depressed and disease-proned.

    Eat your (non-nitrate) bacon grease, Palm Kernel Oil & Coconut Oil (organic) and reap the rewards.

    Unnecessary grains, starches and sugars are killing you all, yet you refuse to see the light. Makes me sad.

    Stop reading this garbage and search for the truth!
  • This article was very informative. I thought I knew all there was about this topic, but today I learned something new. Although, I do not have issues in this area, I am glad that I took the time to read the article and plan to share it with others who are having some challenge. Thanks for the tips.

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