Monday, November 30, 2015 by Vicki Batts
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.