You’d be surprised, but scientists for a long time have doubts about the harmful effects of saturated fat on the heart and its relevance to diabetes and cancer.
Bad reputation was assign to saturated fat about 100 years ago, when scientists after feeding rabbit with high cholesterol food noticed blockage of blood vessels with cholesterol plaques. These facts were confirmed in 50th years in long-term study; scientists found that eating saturated fat is associated with the risk of developing heart disease. These charges are based on the belief that saturated fats found in meat, eggs, dairy products, coconut and palm oil, raise cholesterol levels, which “pollutes” the blood vessels. After that, the popularity of meatless diets and low-fat products began to grow at an incredible rate, and millions of people refuse fatty foods in the hope to improve their health. But is fat mostly “criminal” or we were confused by commercial research, which is now based on the multi-billion dollar industry of dietary supplements and special products?
Saturated fats are essential for our body!
Fatty acids play an important role in metabolic processes; they are indispensable components of cell membranes, are responsible for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and contain essential n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).