Is Saturated Fat Bad?
Discover How These Life-Enriching Fats Boost Your Body’s Power To Heal Itself
By Alex Bradford
Is saturated fat bad? It’s been hammered into our brain since we were kids…
Fat is bad, and it will kill you!
The idea that saturated fat is the “enemy” – the culprit behind heart disease, diabetes, and other “lifestyle” diseases – has shaped the backbone of nutrition guidelines in America for over half a century…
We’re indoctrinated from a young age.
We graduate from school lunches full of grains and carbohydrates to a fast-food lifestyle of quick and easy meals that replace healthy fats with deadly sodium and sugars.
And we wonder why childhood obesity rates are skyrocketing…
Heart disease and associated conditions are the leading cause of death each year…
And cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia have reached epidemic proportions!
100 years ago, the leading causes of death were communicable diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis…
But today, we’ve practically eradicated infectious disease.
Instead, “lifestyle” diseases – preventable, chronic conditions attributed to nutritional and dietary choices – have become the new epidemic.
Over 800,000 Americans die every year from heart disease alone – that’s 1 out of every 3 deaths!
But if we’re eating all the right things – avoiding fat, and following all of the nutritional guidelines and advice – why are things getting worse?
The truth may shock you.
Is Saturated Fat Bad – How the Food Industry Gave Fat a Bad Name
It turns out the USDA has a long and cozy relationship with the food industry.
In fact, the architects of nutritional policy in the US – primarily congressmen from midwestern farm states – ignored (and even suppressed) dozens of critical studies that prove fats are NOT the enemy!
Instead, we’re told that a low-fat, high carb diet is “healthy.”
It’s true … despite multiple studies from many independent sources proving NO link between saturated fats and heart disease, current nutritional guidelines do not reflect current scientific research.
The truth is, recent research has conclusively shown that certain “healing” fats are not only safe…
These specific fats – found in certain foods, fruits, and vegetables – have been shown to lower (and even eliminate) heart disease, repair and reverse the ravages of aging and cognitive decline, and even regulate dangerous “aging” hormones that were once necessary to survive in prehistoric conditions.
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors needed these hormones to survive. But today, we’re not threatened by hungry predators … we don’t need to hunt or grow our own foods to survive … and we’re not exposed to the ravages of a brutal environment.
Although our lifestyle has evolved, these “survival” hormones remain unchecked in our body’s chemistry – in fact, the modern low fat, high carb diet has allowed these hormones to thrive!
And as they course unregulated throughout our bodies, we’re being destroyed on a cellular level. Heart disease, inflammation, and cognitive decline take hold – leading to the epidemic of chronic disease we see today.
So where do we turn? Let’s get the answer to the question is saturated fat bad for you…
Here’s a hint – You won’t find the answers in a food pyramid.
It’s The Sugar, Not The Fat
First, let’s address the myth of saturated fat.
In 1969, Senator George McGovern was tapped to helm the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs to address the growing issue of hunger and malnutrition in America.
At the time, McGovern and his staff were heavily influenced by the studies of a single and unsupported study that proposed a link between fat and heart disease.
Even though no link had ever been proven between the two, this “Dietary Fat-Heart Hypothesis” single-handedly shaped American dietary guidelines for the next 50 years.
Unbelievably, the architects of these guidelines had no scientific background.
They had no experience in nutrition or health…
And yet they ignored every scientific and medical study to the contrary – instead recommending Americans actually boost their intake of carbohydrates to 55-60% of their daily calories – and reduce fat intake to “sparing” use!
This recommendation proved profitable for the agricultural industry – but it’s taken a disastrous toll on public health.
The epidemic of chronic disease we see today.
The truth is dozens of studies have shown that reducing our intake of healthy saturated fats – those found in avocados, nuts, coconut oil, and even animal sources such as eggs, beef, and fish – is actually damaging to cardiovascular health!
In an October 2013 study published in the British Medical Journal, the authors conclusively proved – yet again – that there was no link between saturated fat and heart disease.
What’s more, there is overwhelming evidence that saturated fat is actually beneficial for cardiovascular health!
Lead researcher and cardiologist Aseem Malhotra stated evidence proved that lowering our intake of saturated fat has “paradoxically increased our cardiovascular risks.”1
So if saturated fat isn’t the enemy, who do we blame?
It turns out further research published in the February 2014 Journal of American Medical Association conclusively proved that an increased risk of heart disease and dementia, as well as other issues such as Type 2 diabetes, liver problems, obesity, arthritis, and cancer was linked to the intake of sugar2.
Sugar – that’s what they put in your food to make it taste better once they take all the fat out!
So what’s happened over the past 40 years?
We’ve effectively replaced the GOOD stuff in our diets – healthy saturated fats – with the BAD stuff – sugar – the leading culprit behind inflammation and disease.
And since American dietary guidelines are overwhelmingly skewed toward consumption of grains and carbohydrates – which your body then turns into sugar – we have a recipe for disaster.
But don’t go out and gorge yourself on bacon and prime rib and expect to eliminate your risk factors for heart disease and dementia!
Because there’s a very specific type of fat I want to examine today.
These health benefits must come from the “right” kind of fat – fat that not only eliminates inflammation, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, but also regulates those deadly “survival hormones” I mentioned earlier.
For more proof, we need to visit a small island in the South Pacific.
The Healing Fats of Life
In 1989, Swedish physician Staffan Lindeberg traveled to the island of Kitava in the South Pacific to review promising research by social anthropologists in the early 20th century.
What Lindeberg found was shocking.
The Kitavans displayed:
- No signs of dementia or poor memory…
- None of the inhabitants were overweight…
- No evidence of arthritis or inflammation…
- Zero sudden cardiac death or stroke…
- No signs of heart disease or atherosclerosis…
In fact, the only causes of sudden death residents could remember were due to accidental drowning, homicide, pregnancy complications, or falling from coconut trees.
During the study, Lindeberg researched the unique diet of the Kitavans, and discovered something that turned the modern food pyramid upside-down – literally.
The Kitavan diet had remained unchanged since the turn of the 20th century, when an Australian farmer introduced a certain crop on the island that changed everything.
And when Lindeberg interviewed Kitavans, he discovered an incredible 30% of their diet consisted of this one crop!
This crop contains one of the highest concentrations of this certain transformative fat, and has been proven to protect against chronic disease.
The Kitavans have no concept of heart disease.
Their memories are sharp and they live productive lives well into their 90s.
They enjoy an exceptional quality of life, free from western disease…
What’s more, there’s no evidence to infer that their immunity from chronic disease is in any way genetic or unique to their ethnicity.
In fact, there’s a remarkable prevalence of heart disease among other South Pacific populations…
But not on Kitava.
So what are they doing differently?
The answers may unlock the key to overcoming chronic disease in the western world forever.
Author’s Note: In my book The Healing Fats of Life, I examine this research and reveal an easy way to implement these transformative fats into your own lifestyle. You’ll discover where to find these fats, and how to harness their power to stave off disease, balance your hormones, and add many good years to your life.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.
1.Aseem Malhotra, et al. Observations from the heart: saturated fat is not the major issue, BMJ, October 2013
2. Quanhe Yang, PhD, et al. Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults, JAMA Intern Med, published online February 03, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013
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