Isn't saturated fat dangerous?

Despite an enormous amount of work done over the years, researchers have yet to reach a consensus regarding the impact of saturated fats on human health [1].

Newer studies are suggesting that saturated fats do not increase a person's risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke [2]. Researchers now also know that saturated fats are a diverse group that can't be clumped together into one "bad category. Food quality, type of processing, and molecular differences between different saturated fats need to be taken into account when talking about saturated fats [3]. Besides that, some studies even show that certain sources of saturated fat like ghee and coconut oil benefit heart health [4, 5]. 

With all this in mind, there's no reason to avoid saturated fat completely, especially because it's an important energy source on a keto diet. Balance your saturated fat intake with other fats (PUFA and MUFA), exercise regularly, keep stress at bay, get enough sleep and you'll reduce your risk of deadly diseases [6]. 

 


 

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