Nutrition Q&A

Q&A: Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease?

It’s Q&A Wednesday!

Today’s question comes from something I hear all the time from my clients: “But Jean Luc, I can’t eat eggs, meat, coconut oil or butter… Doesn’t saturated fat cause heart disease?

Here’s my answer to this:

No, it doesn’t.

Saturated fat (not to be mistaken with “man made” trans fats) is part of nature and part of what we’ve consumed since the beginning of our time. Here are some quick points about saturated fats:

  • Saturated fat is the preferred food for the heart
  • It protects us against harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract
  • It enhances our immune system
  • It protects the liver from alcohol and other toxins
  • It plays a vital role in the health of our bones
  • Makes up 50% of our cell membranes

Here is a meta-analysis of 21 prospective epidemiological studies that showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease.

If you’ve got other questions about saturated fats, leave them as a comment below! I’d be more than happy to answer them.

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