For all the bad rap that saturated fats have gotten – here are 6 good things about saturated fats.
1. They Taste Good
Yummy little round molecules of fat dancing on your tongue. Butter, bacon, eggs, cheese, and more. You can’t deny they sure do have mouth appeal.
2. Better for Cooking at Higher Temperatures
Olive oil may be thought of as a healthy fat – but it isn’t good to use it cooking at higher temperatures. High temperatures can alter the molecular structure of the fat and in some cases make it a carcinogenic.
Unlike the unsaturated fats with double bonds the saturated fats are less prone to oxygen reactions.
This is what makes butter and coconut oil the top contenders for higher temperature cooking and if you are really looking for the best oil to cook with on high temperatures, coconut wins.
Saturated fats are best for cooking at higher temperatures because of their molecular stability.
3. Make the BAD Cholesterol a Bit Better
LDL which is commonly thought of as the bad cholesterol actually has two sub-groups. The bad and the not-quite-as-bad.
We NEED cholesterol to live and our body’s manufacture it. It is used by our cells to make the hormones estradiol, testosterone, cortisol and more.
The LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) is the protein that carries the cholesterol in the blood. It is this LDL that has been blamed for being responsible for higher risks of heart disease.
As it turns out though, there are two LDL’s, one smaller, one bigger and the bigger ones are NOT associated with the same risks of heart disease.
It seems that saturated fats show they actually increase the larger LDL thereby reducing the negative effects commonly associated with the saturated fats
4. Reducing the Risks of Stroke
Several studies exist that are showing that saturated fats in ones diet may be associated with lowered risk of stroke.
A stroke happens with blood flow to the brain is interrupted and can cause death or severe disability including loss of speech, brain damage, and partial paralysis.
Strokes are now the second leading cause of death.
One study in Japan focusing on adults between the ages of 40 to 79. There were 58,453 participants and the study went on for over 14 years.
The conclusion of this study shows good promise in reductions of stroke and heart disease from the consumption of saturated fats.
The numbers published were:
- A reduction in stroke mortality rates by 31%
- A reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality by 18%
5. Increasing the Number of GOOD cholesterol
Already discussed in #2, cholesterol is a necessary fat for our body’s heath. There is good and bad cholesterol and the bad is divided into bad (the little ones) and not-so-bad (the bigger ones).
Good cholesterol is the High Density Lipoprotein or HDL. This is the protein that transports the cholesterol to the liver and away from your arteries. From there it is either reused or excreted.
Lipoproteins are how cholesterol is transported throughout our body. These are like helper molecules that move the cholesterol via the bloodstream. Each of the lipoproteins will act differently with the cholesterol.
HDL also removes LDL (the BAD ones) and can actually clean damaged inner walls of the blood vessels.
Eating saturated fats has been shown to increase the blood level of HDL which is good.
6. Saturated Fatty Foods are High Nutrition Value
Here is a short list of some really healthy saturated fat foods. Some have gotten a bum rap because they really are a great source for nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Lean Grass-fed Beef: Protein, zinc, iron, Vitamin B12, B3, B6, selenium, iron, potassium etc.
Pasture Raised Eggs: All B vitamins are found in eggs, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, choline, biotin, and folic acid.
Selenium, iodine, protein, vitamin D, A, etc.
Grass-fed Cheese: Calcium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12.