Saturated Fat Versus Polyunsaturated Fat
We have been advised for decades to reduce saturated fats and rely more on polyunsaturated fats. We have been advised to reduce red meats and include more grains and carbohydrates. After decades of this change in dietary habits, Americans experience more cancer, heart disease and many other diseases not so common decades ago. America is fatter than ever, even with all the low fat, no fat, skim fat and 2% fat. So what’s the story? Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell wall, promote the body’s use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver, and contribute to strong bones. The lungs and kidneys cannot function without saturated fat. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Because our body needs saturated fats, it makes them out of carbohydrates and proteins when there are not enough in the diet. The switch from saturated fats to polyunsaturated fats has contributed to more cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities, intestinal problems and premature aging. Large amounts of polyunsaturated fats such as vegetable oil and seed oils, (corn, soy, sunflower) are new to the human diet. Due to the modern use of commercial liquid vegetable oils, our disease of cancer and heart disease has increased dramatically. Because of the low fat craze, Americans were advised to avoid red meat. Red meat is rich in many nutrients that are not found in many other sources. These include B12, B6, zinc, phosphorous, L-carnitine, and CoQ10. They protect the heart and nervous system. The cry was also to cut back on eggs. Personally, I believe eggs to be one of the most perfect foods providing excellent protein, a gamut of vitamins and important essential fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less cancer and heart disease when they ate more eggs. In animal tests, animals fed egg substitutes caused premature death. Studies of subjects eating 12 eggs per day caused no additional increase in cholesterol.