A number of media reports claimed that saturated fats are safe to consume. Here's why you should treat those reports with caution.
A controversial editorial has questioned whether saturated fats really clog up your arteries and put you at risk of heart disease. But can it really overturn decades of research?
We need to eat a healthy diet, do some exercise and avoid stress rather than blame saturated fat for heart disease, says a recent editorial. But does the evidence stack up?
Rats were less able to find food after only three days on a diet high in sugar and saturated fat. So could a bad diet also be affect the human brain?
We need protein and calcium, but shouldn’t have too much fat and salt. So what’s the verdict on cheese?
It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.
Evidence supports a review of dietary guidelines around the ideal balance of omega 6 to omega 3 dietary fats.
A prominent new paper reflects growing global sentiment amongst scientists and dieticians to review advice relating to the types of dietary fats we should consume for optimal health.
Virtue and vice? Or just food?
Sugar and saturated fat aren't 'evil' and kale and avocado aren't 'good'.
Out of sync.
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Saturated fats are linked to metabolic disorders and heart disease. That may be because thes fats make some cells lose track of time, causing inflammation.
Arguing about the pros and cons of fat in our diet takes the focus away from the real nutritional demon: processed foods.
Trans fats increase the shelf life of bakery goods and fast foods.
When you buy commercially baked goods such as pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, there's a good likelihood they'll contain one of the nastier types of fatty acids: trans fats.
The main thrust of the advisory committee’s report is that diets should be focused on whole foods, not specific nutrients.
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National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in rich countries. And a BMJ article about draft US guidelines adds further fuel for the fire.
We need to stop fussing over macronutrients and think about foods.
By focusing on micro- or macronutrients, most nutrition research fails to recognise the most important truth about food: diet is more than the intake of nutrients.
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Why do chocolate makers and other food producers use unsustainably grown palm oil? You can blame health-conscious consumers looking for alternatives to trans fats.
Coconut oil, comes with 90% saturated fat and health benefits.
Government nutrition guidelines recommend a high carbohydrate diet regardless of the ample evidence of the health risks it promotes. Yet, chronic diseases and obesity rates have risen in correlation with…
Try to avoid too many saturated fatty acids by choosing oils that are liquid at room temperature.
Health conscious consumers are increasingly ditching old favourites vegetable and canola oil for trendy alternatives like coconut and peanut oil. But are they any healthier? And how do they compare with…
Researchers have found that not all saturated fats can be associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes…
The debate over saturated fat is hotting up: new scientists, intelligent laypeople, anthropological observers, and clinical practitioners, have all noticed that eating fat seems to do little harm – and…
Fondue but not bread.
A US heart researcher looks set to inflame an argument over saturated fats. It has long been a health mantra that too much…
A diet high in particular saturated fatty acids can increase your body’s cholesterol production.
Dietary guidelines cite the fact that saturated fats can increase LDL cholesterol, which is also known as bad cholesterol because it’s a major risk factor for heart disease. Others claim saturated fats…
The long-term decline in butter sales has reversed in recent years despite the continued promotion of margarine as a healthy spread.
Margarine has been the chameleon of manufactured food products, able to transform its nutritional appearance, adapt to changing nutritional fads, and charm unwitting nutrition experts and nutrition-conscious…
Choose a spread that has the lowest amount of saturated fat and trans fat per 100 grams.
Butter gets points for taste; margarine for being easy to spread. But the healthiest option is not strictly called butter or margarine – it’s a “spread”. To improve the health of your heart, choose a spread…