Saturated Fat - good or bad?

Saturated Fat - good or bad?

Saturated fat is a type of fat that has a single bond between its carbon atoms. For a while now, we have believed that saturated fats are bad for you, cause cardiovascular disease, and worse. 

So, is saturated fat bad for you, and should you avoid it at all costs?

The quick answer is yes, but as always, answers like these come with a twist. Allow me to explain the twist. 

Too much of anything would be bad for you. If you drank too much water, death would ensue quickly. So the first argument is that if you had too much saturated fat, it would naturally be bad for you. 

Saturated fats come in many forms. I don't know if you thought about it, but your ice cream comes with saturated fats. The fat helps preserve the ice cream as it travels long distances before it makes its way into your wafer cone and then your mouth. 

These saturated fats, for most ice creams, would be of low quality—essentially anything that can get the job done. It is best to avoid it and eat locally made fresh ice cream instead. 

Saturated fats are often a part of your diet. Chips, fries, baked goods, etc. In such cases, they are only a small part of the problem.

The salt and calories in the rest of the food are as harmful as the saturated fat. The quality of the saturated fat would likely be poor. 

So where is the twist? 

Good quality saturated fats, eaten in moderate quantities with wholesome natural food is excellent for you. A khidchi made with ghee or ghee added on top. Coconut curry made in coconut oil, for example.

Its not the satured fat. Its the quality, quantity and what you are eating it with. Which would be true of anything.

Water mixed with alcohol does not make the water good for you. 

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