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