Is saturated fat bad?

Is saturated fat bad?

November 4, 2019 25 By William Morgan


Is saturated fat bad?
Yes, saturated fat
is extremely deadly,
and that is why there is so much of it
in breast milk, in human breast milk.
You can tell is bad for you,
because it’s in breast milk, that’s right.
So, I take it,
you don’t really believe that?
No, not at all.
So, what will you say?
Is it, what, good, bad, neutral?
I think saturated fat
is perfectly good
and I like to look at everything
through an evolutionary lens.
And I’ve done a lot of research
into comparative gut anatomy and physiology
of humans versus other animals.
And if you look
at what humans eat,
it’s pretty obvious that we’ve had
saturated fat our entire existence
and this has to be
optimum nutrition for us.
So, we did not become
the dominant species on this planet
because saturated fat
was bad for us.
Is saturated fat dangerous?
No, absolutely not.
I mean, I think there is very clear that
have been three or four meta analysis,
structured reviews
of all the literature
and I think even the US Dietary Guidelines
people are saying that, you know,
these things are not
so bad anymore.
So, you know, I think it’s very clear now
that there was a horrible mistake
when we demonized
the saturated fat
and the cost of that to humanity
is immeasurable.
But, I think it’s very clear
that saturated fat is not dangerous,
I mean, probably in excess is,
but an excess of anything
is probably dangerous.
But saturated fat in moderation
is perfectly okay.
Saturated fat…
is it really bad for you?
I think this has been
one of the biggest myths
and this has been propagated
for many years.
We’ve been afraid of saturated fats,
total fats,
but in particular
saturated fats for years.
And I think that originally
there was a lot of confusion
between naturally saturated fats
and trans fats.
Trans fats are artificially saturated fats,
often called partially hydrogenated oils.
And the thing is those artificial
man-made saturated fats
were actually very bad for you,
those trans fats
and we’ve recognized that
and nobody will argue that.
Trans fats are bad, but it kind of gives
saturated fats a very bad name, as well.
And if you go back, more recent studies
in the last say five years,
have really shown that the number
of saturated fats you eat,
really has no correlation
to heart disease,
that people who eat a lot of saturated fat,
don’t get more heart disease.
And this was always the biggest worry,
this is what people always said,
“Oh, you are eating so much red meat,
which has saturated fat.
Well, you are going to clog up
your arteries and die.”
That’s not what actually happens
and if you look back,
there really has been no evidence
that that is true at all.
If you think about it,
of course, it makes no sense.
That is…
There are lots
of naturally saturated fats.
Coconut oil, for example and a lot
of animal products are saturated fats.
Do you really think that the foods
that our ancestors ate
really were going to kill us?
Well, if that was the truth,
then, none of us would be sitting here today,
because people eat lots
of saturated fats. Right?
If you think about lard
for example,
what many people used was pig fat,
which is lard, and lots of saturated fats.
They did fine,
there’s very little obesity,
they didn’t have any heart disease
and they did fine.
So, these are natural foods.
Saturated fats are
in a lot of natural foods.
And if it didn’t kill us
in the last 2000 years,
it’s not likely that they’re going to kill us
just in the last 30 years. Right?
So, it’s been a big myth and it’s been one
of the very bad things that we’ve told people
is that “It’s bad for you,
that you have to avoid it.”
It’s simply not true.
Is saturated fat dangerous?
Uh, I’m not going to answer that,
because, thinking that saturated fat
is either good or bad is the problem.
So, when we started
getting into trouble,
is when we started talking about
our food like we were chemists.
What we really need to pay attention to
is “Where did our food comes from?
“How healthy was the place
that it came from?
“Was it a factory farm?
Was it a nice little biodynamic farm?”
and then “What was done to it?”
Those are the things that people talked
about for thousands and thousands of years
and that’s what kept us out of trouble.
When we got into trouble, is when we started
paying attention to things like saturated fat.
If we look at the saturated
fat content of the food
and try to judge
whether we should buy it or not,
you have to know a lot of other stuff like
how to know, “Okay, well, is it margarine?”,
because that has a lot of saturated fat,
but it’s bad for you.
Right? So, it depends
really what it is.
So, you shouldn’t care
about saturated fat?
You shouldn’t even, you know,
bother looking at,
if there is saturated fat
in the food or not?
Well, my answer is…
When people ask me what’s a good fat,
what I say is,
“Nature doesn’t make bad fats,
factories do.”
So, if we are getting
our fat from a factory,
it’s not going to be good,
no matter what it’s got in there.
It saturated fat dangerous?
I don’t think so.
The research that implicated
saturated fat,
that then led to governments
and organizations getting on line,
telling everyone
to avoid saturated fat,
the research was really
kind of weak or poor,
but, you know it was the research
that we had at the time,
so, in today’s light
of how we do research
it’s just, wouldn’t hold muster
to say saturated fat
is bad or unhealthy.
And I think that generally
is changing now.
Several papers came out
over the last few years,
at least the research world
is understanding
that saturated fat is probably
not harmful.
Is saturated fat dangerous?
Look, I think it’s been well documented now
that there’s no association
between saturated fat intake
and cardiovascular disease.
Now, what does that mean for patients?
If we are talking about patients
with type 2 diabetes,
with abdominal obesity,
with insulin resistance,
which is the majority
of patients I see,
actually I’m more worried
about refined and processed carbohydrates.
It’s not that I’m saying,
“Eat as much saturated fat as you want.”
I’m just saying, “Look, for you,
for the way your body is at the moment,
your problem is refined
and processed carbohydrates.
Let’s not worry
about the other things.”
That’s the way I manage this
with my patients.