Saturated fat has remained the subject of heated controversy over the years.
It seems like just about every other week, new research is released either praising saturated fatty acids for their health-boosting benefits or classifying them as artery-clogging and unhealthy.
The confusion surrounding saturated fat can be traced back to 1958, with the release of the Seven Countries Study. Physiologist Ancel Keys set out to study different dietary patterns around the world to try to determine how what we put on our plates could impact heart health and the development of chronic disease (1).
He found that countries that ate high amounts of fat also had higher rates of heart disease, fueling the theory that fat could possibly cause heart disease. Despite the many flaws in the study and the lack of concrete evidence, several organizations began advising Americans to reduce their intake of saturated fatty acids based on these findings to protect against heart disease.
Within the last few decades, multiple studies have called this common belief into question, demonstrating that saturated fat may not actually be linked to a higher risk of heart disease and may even be associated with several health benefits as well.
So is saturated fat bad for you? Or is it time to ditch the low-saturated fat diet and start practicing moderation instead? Keep reading for everything you need to know about this controversial fatty acid and how it can impact your health.
What is Saturated Fat?
Saturated fat is a type of dietary