For decades, official government policies have adviced people to limit the intake of saturated fats in many countries. However, many people don’t take it into account. They believe that saturated fat – which is everywhere, especially in meat products, butter, dairy, cakes, and biscuits are not bad for us, even if we consume much of it.
Be careful. If you follow one of the low carbohydrate regimens, such as keto or paleo diet, you have more saturated fat than the official amount recommended for you. Also, if you follow some of the trends online, such as putting butter into your coffee every morning – same goes here, too. If you eat more than 100g of fatty meat, cheese or pastries every day, you will still pass the limit – 20g for women and 30g for men. These are the UK dietary guidelines given by specialists.
It’s not fat that causes heart diseases.
Mainstream nutrition science proves that too much-saturated fat raises cholesterol levels from the blood, which leads to arteries being furred up. There’s also an increasing chance of having a heart attack or a stroke. Some scientists argue that saturated fat is not the issue in heart disease. But chronic inflammation is.
Scientists also suggest that the dietary guidelines – “low fat, high carb” – are wrong and that diabetes and obesity can be kept under control by eating fat. This also means saturated fat and reducing carbohydrates and snacks. Experts from the British Dietetic Association believe that it’s not the guidelines that are wrong, but the fact that we do not follow them.
When it comes to the general population, health organizations recommend limiting fat, saturated fat. The UK dietary guidelines advocate that about 35% of the calories should come from fat, and 50% from carbohydrates. They should also consider a moderate fat, moderate carbohydrate diet, and not low fat, high carbohydrate one.