Saturated fat is found in real foods that we’ve consumed throughout evolution.2 It’s natural to eat saturated fats, it’s found in lots of natural foods, even human breast milk is full of it.
During the last ten years or so, many reviews of all available science have come to the conclusion that there’s no connection between saturated fat and heart disease.3 This fact has also been recognized in many high-quality newspapers, such as TIME.4 It’s simply been a mistake.
Don’t fear fat. Updated experts don’t.
The only other myth that comes close to being as harmful is the idea that we should fixate on calories for weight control – and that it doesn’t matter what we eat.
Together, the myths about saturated fats and calories may be in large part responsible for the simultaneous epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. ↩
For example butter, lard, tallow, meat, coconut oil, cream, cheese etc. ↩
Here are three of the most recent meta-analyses showing no connection between saturated fats and heart disease:
- Open Heart: Evidence from Randomised Controlled Trials Does Not Support Current Dietary Fat Guidelines: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2016)
- Annals of Internal Medicine: Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids With Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2016)
- PLOS ONE: Is Butter Back? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Butter Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Total Mortality (2016)