In the past it was recommended by experts that foods high in saturated fats such as cream, butter, red meat and cheese were best avoided due to them increasing the risk of developing heart disease, type-2 diabetes and cancer.
However, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that the opposite is true. With the health of those who ate a diet full of natural fats shown to be improved.
What were the results of the study?
At the end of the study the researchers found that the men who ate the high levels of saturated fat and low levels of carbohydrates lost weight and were healthier overall.
The volunteers also saw lower blood pressure and glucose levels, which is a good sign that the risk of developing heart disease, type-2 diabetes and cancer was reduced.
The scientists believed that when the carbs were consumed this led to a spike in the energy storing hormone insulin, which leads to fat accumulation in your cells.
Dr Simon Dankel, associate professor at the University of Bergen in Norway, where the study was undertaken had this to say:
“There is a tremendous focus on avoiding high-fat foods for weight control but this study challenges the notion that saturated fats have a strongly negative impact on health and weight.”
“The men on a high fat diet not only lost weight but also became slimmer and had lower cholesterol levels.”
One final note the scientists made about this study was that you need to make sure of what fat types you use.
The people in the study were given unprocessed fats found from natural sources, which included butter, cream, cheese and coconut oil, which the scientists believed to be “good fats”.
Manufactured fats such as margarine, refined oils and trans fats that are found in processed foods were not used in this study, and in my opinion are best avoided.