Veetee Blog UK: Is saturated fat really bad for us?
11 April 2016
Dieting and health trends have become hugely popular in today’s society and people are constantly wondering what is healthy and exactly what kind of food they should be consuming. But with so many different studies and claims it can be hard to know what is good for you, and what isn’t. It might seem that one week we should all be going vegan and the next we should eat plenty of meat. Well, we can’t advise your entire diet, but we can tell you a few things about saturated fat and whether you should include it in your diet or not.
What are fatty foods and are they harmful?
- Fatty foods are those that are high in saturated fat
- This includes things like fatty meats, lard, full-fat dairy products like cream and butter
- Saturated fats are often solid at room temperature, whereas other fats that are unsaturated like olive oil, tend to be liquid.
But why were these associated with a harmful diet and regulatory diseases such as heart attacks? Well it was found that high levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream often lead to an increased risk of heart disease, which is still largely the biggest cause of death in the UK (1). Saturated fats were then found to increase the levels of cholesterol so it seemed the obvious solution would be to cut saturated fats out of your diet. Fatty foods have also been linked to weight gain too.
Can saturated fats cause heart disease?
For that reason many health institutions advised people to undertake diets low in saturated fat and some still do. But the issue is more complicated than that, and there is no actual evidence that eating saturated fats in your diet will increase the chances of heart disease (2). In fact, there are actually some benefits to including saturated fats in your diet. There are two kinds of cholesterol, bad and good, and although saturated fats can increase the level of bad, they also increase the level of good cholesterol too. The other problem that removing saturated fats can cause is that they are often replaced with something else, which can often be sugar.
Fats vs Sugar
Although this is not always the case, a large amount of processed low-fat foods are high in sugar content. Diets high in sugar have been known to be a contributing factor in a number of health issues such as diabetes and obesity. Although there is no direct correlation it is interesting to see how the levels of obesity have continued to rise over the years since it was recommended we had a diet low in saturated fats (3).
- Added sugar contains no essential nutrients and is bad for your teeth
- Sugar can cause insulin resistance, which is one of the causes that lead to diabetes
- It’s highly addictive because a causes a release of dopamine in the brain like abusive drugs
- Sugar is a leading contributor to obesity in both adults and children
What’s the solution?
Although it might seem like the obvious answer, a well-balanced diet is still the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Simply cutting things out of your diet won’t necessarily make you healthier and depending on what you replace it with, could actually make your diet worse. Luckily, rice is extremely low in both sugars and fat, which is why it is a staple food around the world. Even our Veetee Heat & Eat products are low in sugar and fat so you don’t need to worry about them affecting your diet.
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