Liv­ing off the (sat­u­rated) fat of the land is OK

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

Do you think sat­u­rated fats found in food prod­ucts such as eggs, cho­co­late and cream will lead you to an early grave? Not nec­es­sar­ily so, says a Cana­dian sci­en­tist.

The In­de­pen­dent re­ports that a study into the im­pli­ca­tions of di­etary fats has con­cluded that there is ac­tu­ally no link be­tween con­sum­ing foods con­tain­ing sat­u­rated fats and an el­e­vated risk of dy­ing from heart dis­ease, stroke or type 2 di­a­betes. But be­fore you reach for that c cho­co­late, ice cream or omelette, here’s a warn­ing.

The study, which pub­lished its f find­ings in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jo Jour­nal, warns against eat­ing too mu much “trans fat” made from hy­dro hy­dro­genated oils, such as those found in marg mar­garine, baked foods, some cakes and crisps. C Car­ried id out ti in Canada by Rus­sell de Souza of McMaster Univer­sity, the sci­en­tist con­cludes that all the ad­vice given over the past 50 years to cut down on foods that are rich in sat­u­rated fats, such as but­ter and cheese, may have been mis­guided. But De Souza warns against overindulging in foods rich in sat­u­rated fats.

“For years, ev­ery­one has been ad­vised to cut out fats. Trans fats have no health ben­e­fits and pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk for heart dis­ease, but the case for sat­u­rated fat is less clear,” De Souza was quoted as say­ing.

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