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Created February 11, 2010 at 9:22 AM

So is saturated fat evil or not? People say different things. If I eat it, do I have to worry about cholesterol?

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on March 19, 2012
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@Matthew - actually since sugar is half sucrose, half fructose and your liver is the only thing that can deal with fructose, and it does so by conversion to triglycerides, at least half of table sugar is directly converted to fat.

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@Matthew so, what do you think will happen to starch if a diet is high fat as well? and, if one eats starch, by my lights it is already a high carb diet - how one can eat some starch without afterward binging on tons of it is beyond me: it's nothing or a binge - nothing is better

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on March 19, 2012
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Did you just plagiarize 100% eeevee's respons from above? Why? As a brand new account no less?

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on March 08, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Carbs have to get out of your bloodstream somehow...

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The first statement is a myth. You do not convert any significant amounts of sugar into fat unless you are eating a very high carb and very low fat diet.

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on February 12, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Saturated fat is so sought after by your body that you'll actually convert large portions of the starch you eat into saturated fat for use now and storage for later!

When you call a fat "saturated," you're simply saying it has no double bonds, whereas a mono-unsaturate will have one double bond and a polyunsaturate (i.e. omega 3's) will have more than one. There's no magic about this. Your body simply uses various types of fats for different things. Saturates and some mono-unsaturates for energy, and polyunsaturates for energy and for building protocrine and autocrine hormones (their configurations are complicated, so your body will reuse them rather than make them from scratch).

Remember, if you burn body fat for energy, about half of it is saturated. That body fat isn't going to give you a heart attack, and neither are bacon, butter, lard, or any other animal fat source!

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on September 05, 2010
at 05:30 PM

The first statement is a myth. You do not convert any significant amounts of sugar into fat unless you are eating a very high carb and very low fat diet.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on March 08, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Carbs have to get out of your bloodstream somehow...

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on March 19, 2012
at 10:37 AM

@Matthew - actually since sugar is half sucrose, half fructose and your liver is the only thing that can deal with fructose, and it does so by conversion to triglycerides, at least half of table sugar is directly converted to fat.

A7925ab8ea44e6d4d5d7c6f202632c6c

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on March 19, 2012
at 10:16 AM

@Matthew so, what do you think will happen to starch if a diet is high fat as well? and, if one eats starch, by my lights it is already a high carb diet - how one can eat some starch without afterward binging on tons of it is beyond me: it's nothing or a binge - nothing is better

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on February 14, 2010
at 08:58 PM

I think the short answer is that saturated fat is good for you. This begs the question as to why it has been so vilified. My personal hypothesis is that some earlier research suggested that elevated LDL is bad for you. This research was essentially the research that the U.S. government drew upon when it officially started making recommendations to eat carbs and vegetable oils in lieu of healthy animal fat.

However, I think newer research strongly suggests to anyone who doesn't have a vested interested in the status quo, that it's only a specific kind of LDL (small, dense pattern) that one should worry about. It's very expensive to measure the subfractions of LDL, but triglycerides and HDL vary inversely reliably with the bad LDL. So the easy recommendation is this: Keep your triglycerides low, and keep your HDL high. Eating lots of saturated fat will do exactly that.

Some people who eat lots of animal fat will experience a dramatic rise in their LDL. However, the rise in LDL reflects an increases in large, fluffy LDL which is not a problem.

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on February 22, 2010
at 04:55 PM

Why, would you say, is animal fat the most crucial ingredient to optimize health?

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on March 15, 2011
at 01:34 AM

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on February 12, 2010
at 09:07 PM

NO! It's good for you. Worry about your LDL and not your HDL!

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on February 12, 2010
at 09:06 PM

Not evil and no. Saturated fat is very healthful. It is the most essential of the fats. Animals fat is around 50% saturated fat.

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on March 19, 2012
at 08:58 AM

I think the short answer is that saturated fat is good for you. This begs the question as to why it has been so vilified. My personal hypothesis is that some earlier research suggested that elevated LDL is bad for you. This research was essentially the research that the U.S. government drew upon when it officially started making recommendations to eat carbs and vegetable oils in lieu of healthy animal fat.

However, I think newer research strongly suggests to anyone who doesn't have a vested interested in the status quo, that it's only a specific kind of LDL (small, dense pattern) that one should worry about. It's very expensive to measure the subfractions of LDL, but triglycerides and HDL vary inversely reliably with the bad LDL. So the easy recommendation is this: Keep your triglycerides low, and keep your HDL high. Eating lots of saturated fat will do exactly that.herve leger

Some people who eat lots of animal fat will experience a dramatic rise in their LDL. However, the rise in LDL reflects an increases in large, fluffy LDL which is not a problem.

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at 09:45 AM

Did you just plagiarize 100% eeevee's respons from above? Why? As a brand new account no less?

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