Saturated fats have taken the blame for heart disease and high cholesterol for decades. However, new research shows this may not always be the case. In fact, having a proper amount of saturated fat in your diet can be quite good for your health.
Eating saturated fats has already been shown to possibly reduce risks of a heart attack by up to 30%. A new study conducted by Swedish researchers, on the other hand, has found even more surprising health benefits.
The researchers followed 26,930 patients between the ages of 45 and 70 over a period of 14 years. Throughout the study, they found that patients who consumed saturated fats were 20% less likely to develop one of the most common diseases in the Western world — type 2 diabetes. Those who ate eight or more portions of saturated fats lowered their risks of having this life-threatening condition. Currently, type 2 diabetes afflicts over 30 million Americans and is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
There are many great sources of saturated fats. Farm-fresh, grass-fed meat and dairy products, coconut oil, avocadoes and nuts are just a few examples. If you want to have a healthy, well-balanced diet, make sure to include a proper amount of saturated fat in your meals.