Is saturated fat bad for you?

Many long-held beliefs about nutrition are crumbling… most shocking of which is the idea that saturated fat is bad. An in-depth review of data in 2009 concluded…

“…there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.”

A similar robust review in 2014 came to the same conclusion…

“Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”

SHOCK HORROR, and frankly annoying that YET AGAIN, the advice doled out for decades has been hurting people, not helping. Why has is taken 50 years before anybody bothered to see if the “lipid hypothesis” was true? And why tell people to avoid healthy fats based on weak evidence and mere theory?

Many cutting-edge health research geniuses have delved, and discovered that the whole idea was built on shaky foundations, including a shocking revelation that Ancel Keys fudged some data to show an association between saturated fat and heart disease, where none existed. 

The emerging consensus among leading nutritional thinkers is that we need to reduce omega-6 fats in order to balance the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6, we need to quit grains and sugar, and most dairy products, and generally eat in line with our evolution, the foods that actually made us big-brained humans.

One of our major guiding principles here at Happy Guide is NATURE. Nature is an amazing “yard-stick” to hold any information up to, to see if it is likely to be true.

The saturated fat issue is a case in point, and humans are natural hunter-gatherers, so saturated fat would have been part of the evolutionary picture. Nature thus tells us that the idea that saturated fat is bad is suspect, doesn’t make sense in that light. And, modern-day hunter-gatherers are known to be in robust health generally, as were archeological finds of our predecessors.

So as I said, there are much bigger fish to fry if you want to optimize health… types and amounts of fats, removing grains and most dairy, eating the right carbs… plenty of fruits and veg etc.

And we need to make it all EASY. People shouldn’t have to figure it all out themselves, they just want to know what to eat and when to eat it to look good and feel good everyday, as well as have the best chance of living disease-free and have a long, happy life.

So that’s what Happy Guide aims for — to get it all nailed down for you, so you don’t have to stress the details, which frankly is a full time job, our job. And then you can reap the benefits, make it all effortless habits, and BOOM, great RESULTS.

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Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.

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