The nutritional myth that saturated fat is bad for you continues to fall apart as a steady stream of new books and studies on this topic hits the media. The latest work to challenge the old dogma is a book called The Big Fat Surprise by journalist Nina Teicholz. Her book arrives as new research that raises questions about the long-held but false belief that cardiovascular disease is related to fat and cholesterol intake.
There has never been solid evidence for the idea that these [saturated] fats cause disease. We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics, and bias.
Just as your body has requirements for cholesterol, it also needs saturated fats for proper function. One way to understand this is to consider what foods humans consumed during their evolution. Many experts believe that since the Paleolithic Era, we evolved as hunter-gatherers. Paleolithic nutrition states that we have eaten animal products for most of our existence on Earth. To suggest that saturated fats are suddenly harmful to us makes no sense, especially from an evolutionary perspective.
The cholesterol myth has suffered a bit of a triple whammy lately, making it harder for heart specialists to uphold the company line. This information is just the latest in a long line of science proving,
--- the need for our saturated fat phobia!