Dietary fat is one of the most misunderstood nutrients in the world of nutrition.
However, after decades of demonization, it is now increasingly back on the menu.
These articles take a look at the politics and health-related issues surrounding dietary fats.
Some Quick Points About Dietary Fat
There are lots of myths about dietary fat.
One of these myths—that saturated fat is dangerous—has persisted for decades.
Although public opinion is now changing about this as more and more supportive studies appear, it’s still easy to see people warning about consuming it.
While I wouldn’t recommend purposefully consuming large amounts of added fat, there’s certainly nothing wrong with naturally occurring saturated fats in food.
Also, cooking with sources of saturated fat such as coconut oil and butter are a much better option than vegetable oils.
Most of these oils contain excessively high levels of omega-6, which upsets the body’s balanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.
Additionally, saturated fat is very stable at high heat whereas polyunsaturated fats (as in vegetable oil) are susceptible to oxidative damage.
The take-home lesson? Don’t fear saturated fat.
The Resources on Fat
One of the articles in this section of the site is mainly a look at the history and politics behind dietary fat.
Was it due to any solid evidence, or were there some dirty politics involved? This article looks at the truth behind the past “artery-clogging” claims.
And then we also take a look at some of the health benefits of saturated fat.
If you’ve had a long-term fear of consuming sat fats, then the ‘health benefits’ term may sound a little confusing.
However, just like most nutrients in our food, there are also some positive health impacts from consuming saturated fats.