In the never-ending game of scientists reversing themselves (often at the behest of those with the most money), a large, new study says that saturated fats really are OK after all, and all the info over the last 40 years is basically, well, bollocks.
A study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine made waves through the mainstream media this week. In a stunning meta-analysis of the relationship between dietary fats and heart disease that included over 600,000 people, the researchers came to the following conclusion:
“Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”
This conclusion flies in direct contrast to the USDA dietary guidelines, which recommend polyunsaturated fats (think corn and soybean oils) as healthy, and saturated fats as unhealthy (think dairy, animal fat, and coconut oil) in terms of cardiovascular health.
This info is widely available on the web, but I copied it from this site: http://www.healthstartsinthekitchen.com/2014/03/23/big-pharma-study-usda-dietary-guidelines-fats-wrong/ What I like about this particular article, is that they show that coconut oil, while being high in saturated fat, so demonized for many years by doctors and scientists, is actually a healthy product, which should be obvious to anyone who has ever travelled to the islands in the South Pacific where coconuts make up a large part of the diet there.
The best advice is to avoid totally unhealthy things that God has warned us of, and to take in moderation even good things, and to have healthy skepticism towards any “scientist” who tells us stuff.