Saturated Fats and Cholesterol (2nd Part)

The Diet-Heart Hypothesis Myth

This flawed theory (explained in the previous article) is a 60-year-old myth. A lie told often enough appears as the truth, and this is no different for this theory. For decades, saturated fats have been blamed as the cause of heart disease but recent reliable research has disproven the hypothesis.

According to this research, the fats that are responsible for heart disease are trans-fatty acids or trans fats, not saturated fats. These trans fats are commonly found in fast foods and baked goods. Trans fats have increasingly been consumed since the 1950s; this may be the cause of increased heart disease in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Link between Saturated Fats and Cholesterol

The main point of the Diet-Heart Hypothesis is that saturated fats raise the levels of LDL cholesterol. This statement is partially true: saturated fats do raise LDL cholesterol, but they raise the level of HDL cholesterol even more. What matters is the LDL/HDL ratio. A healthy individual has a low LDL/HDL ratio.

Researchers have also done a practical study investigating the number of heart diseases among communities that eat a lot of saturated fats. The research focused on the Tokelauans in Tokelau who eat a lot of coconuts, and the Maasai in East Africa who drink a lot of fatty milk. Results from these communities: both have low cholesterol levels; there are virtually no reported cases of heart disease amongst them.

The French also consume large amounts of saturated fats in the form of butter, eggs, cream, cheese, liver and other meats, but have low incidents of heart disease.

Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats actually decrease heart disease risk. Saturated fats may also lower the risk of stroke.

Let’s now learn about Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs).

Sources/Additional Reading

1. The Role of Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on Heart Disease |
2. 13 Fatty Foods That are Surprisingly Healthy | Nutrition Secrets
3. Does New Study Demolish the Diet-Heart Hypothesis For Good? | People’s Pharmacy
4. New Science Destroys the Saturated Fat Myth |
5. An Epic Debunking of The Saturated Fat Myth | Authority Nutrition