Saturated Fats: Good or Bad?


Sat­u­rated fats are found in mul­ti­ple places, includ­ing beef, pork, lamb, poul­try, cheese, milk, and but­ter. For years, peo­ple have been taught that sat­u­rated fats are bad because they can raise cho­les­terol lev­els, and increase the risk of heart prob­lems. Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart Asso­ci­a­tion, sat­u­rated fats should make up less than 7 per­cent of your total daily calo­rie intake. Instead of eat­ing sat­u­rated fats, one should eat food that has monoun­sat­u­rated or polyun­sat­u­rated fat in them, such as beans, legumes, fish, and nuts.

Not every­one agrees. In 2013, car­di­ol­o­gist Aseem Mal­ho­tra came up with a new idea. Accord­ing to his arti­cle in the British Med­ical Jour­nal, sat­u­rated fats may not be as bad as researchers orig­i­nally thought. Accord­ing to his research, it isn’t the sat­u­rated fats that are caus­ing heart prob­lems and obe­sity, but sugar. He states that since the 1970s, when peo­ple were told to cut down on eat­ing food high in sat­u­rated fats, obe­sity and heart prob­lems have con­tin­ued to grow. Since sat­u­rated fats were being taken out of food, Mal­ho­tra says, com­pa­nies replaced them with sugar to make the food taste good.

This topic is one that is being taught both ways. Dr. Michael Eades sup­ports the idea that sat­u­rated fats are ben­e­fi­cial in help­ing with stronger bones, a bet­ter immune sys­tem, and a health­ier liver, lungs, and brain. How­ever, researchers are still declar­ing that monoun­sat­u­rated and polyun­sat­u­rated fats are health­ier for you. For the present, it looks like we will have to choose for our­selves what to believe.