What is the truth about saturated fats?
More often than not saturated fats are considered to be “bad fats” because of the high amount of fatty acid molecules in them. These have been linked to increase in cholesterol level amongst people. However, the recent news about saturated fats is that 3 British cardiologists have said that saturated fats do not increase the chances of a heart attack.
Foods that contain saturated fats
Saturated fats are found in butter, cheese, cream, chocolates, cakes, biscuits, pies, fatty cuts of meat, bacon as well as sausages. In other words, the food that you find tasty contains saturated fats in it.
Does consuming saturated fats put one at a risk of developing a heart disease?
Excess of anything is harmful, be it fats or even protein, and excess consumption of saturated fats may lead to an increased risk of a heart disease and even cause you to gain weight. However, if consumed in moderation, saturated fats will not harm your heart health. In fact, these fats are a good source of energy and they provide the building blocks for cell membranes as well. Eating fats as part of your meal slows down the digestion process, making you feel full for a longer amount of time. Dietary fats are responsible for converting carotene to Vitamin A for mineral absorption and other biological processes. Saturated fats act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K. These fats also contain caprylic acids which are useful antiviral agents. Lauric acid, found in these fats, are anti fungal and anti plaque agents.
In conclusion, consuming around 20-30 grams of saturated fats will benefit you and if consumed in excess it will harm your heart health.
Trans Fat are harmful for your heart
Fats are harmful to your heart, but not saturated fats, unsaturated fats or polyunsaturated fats. The fats that cause harm to your health are trans fats. Trans fats increases your LDL levels or “bad” cholesterol and lowers your HDL levels, which are the “good” cholesterol in your body.
Many food companies use trans fat instead of oil because it is cost effective, improves texture and flavor and also increase the shelf life of the food. Consuming food that contain trans fats can lead to clogging of arteries and other health problems.
If you are suffering from any heart related problems or have a high cholesterol level, feel free to consult our highly specialized team of cardiologists headed by Dr. T.S. Kler at PSRI Hospitals ( https://psrihospital.com/speciality-detail/cardiology ).