Today, I want to talk to you a little bit more about saturated fats and heart disease. If you’ve followed the media on this topic, you’ve likely been confused.
Is there a connection? What do you need to know about them? How might they be affecting your overall health? If you have been looking for more information on a topic like this, we will cover it all.
During the 1960’s, the rate of heart attacks was absolutely skyrocketing. It has slowed since then, but it still remains unfortunately high.
Sadly, in about one-third of the cases, the very first sign of heart disease is a fatal heart attack. So it can sneak up on you in a hurry, and it can cause very real tragedy.
Researchers saw that those who had suffered from heart attacks like these had fatty plaque buildup, ultimately blocking the blood vessels which give blood to the heart muscle.
By this token, it seemed quite logical that if there’s this fatty, waxy, cholesterol-based stuff here, then some of what we are eating must end up there.
There is definitely a lot more levels of complexity behind this understanding, but the overarching thought is that dietary cholesterol, dietary fats, and especially saturated fats were the main culprit.
So, let’s dive into this understanding and how it has changed over the years – and, most importantly – what the science is telling us today…