For as long as we can remember, we’ve been told to avoid eating saturated fats, as they can have a negative effect on our heart and overall health. However, recent studies have shown that saturated fats may not be as bad as we think they are. These studies concluded that the inclusion of saturated fat in a balanced diet does not increase the risk of heart disease.
Saturated fats are found in fatty beef, poultry with skin, lamb, pork, cheese, cream, butter, etc. They’re generally solid at room temperature. Though they should be eaten in moderation, saturated fats are still a valuable source of energy for our bodies.
Saturated fat plays an essential part in numerous body functions. It has many important roles, particularly for your brain, bones and nervous system. It can also help keep your liver and lungs healthy, and aid the production and regulation of essential hormones. For more benefits of saturated fat, the Health Ambition’s article brings up some interesting points.
While saturated fats are said to be healthier than trans fat, they should account for no more than 5 or 6 percent of daily calorie intake (so about 13 grams of saturated fats a day), according to The American Heart Association. Too much saturated fat intake can potentially lead to the hardening of the arteries.
No doubt there will be more discoveries about saturated fat in the future. Still, eating a diet full of more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fewer calories is the most beneficial for your health. The key to a healthy lifestyle is a balanced diet, where you can eat what you want in moderation. That’s why portion-controlled containers are so helpful!