Big Fat Debate: Setting the Record Straight on Fats

Posted on 06/26/2015 by Left Coast

Butter is BAD for you. Eat margarine. No, butter is GOOD for you. Margarine is the devil!

Dietary claims sometimes seem more like fads than findings. And it’s difficult to know what to believe anymore.

As National Geographic says, we’re confused. And rightly so with science and diet trends shifting over time. Case in point: trans fats. What was once considered the healthy alternative to saturated fat is now being restricted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). They are “no longer generally recognized as safe” as they are linked to increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

And with so much terminology being used – saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, short chain, long chain, triglycerides, partially hydrogenated, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol – why shouldn’t we be confused?  Take coconut oil for example.  Although it is 90 percent saturated fat (we’re told is bad) much of that fat is a type of saturated fat that is easy for the body to convert to energy, according to the Huffington Post.

The current consensus seems to be just that. That having a healthy fat intake isn’t so much about overly restricting the amount or vilifying fats altogether but understanding the TYPE and quality of fats you consume.

If you’re still confused about it all this TED short puts it in plain terms.

And National Geographic makes a good point: “Then again, who knows what new fat science will pop out three years from now?” Thoughts?

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