Saturated Fats – The “Meh” Type

These types of fats aren’t dangerously bad for you, but too much and you might just croak.

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Source: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3978

As observed from the table above, the coronary heart disease mortality rate increases slightly relative to all other outcomes of death through consumption of Saturated Fats,

The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for adults is that they should get 45–65% of their calories from carbohydrates, 20–35% from fat, and 10–35% from protein.

We know that Trans Fats are a no-go from the last article.

Recent publications cited in the first reference have proven that recommendations of Saturated fats should be less than 10% of the daily diet, although according to the Institute of Medicine, there is no recommended intake of Saturated Fats where there isn’t an adverse effect.

However, since the relative risk ratio seems minor even for those consuming above 10%, then that is a safe percentage especially when paired with exercise (the study follows people consuming from 3.9% to 22.7%). Although those who want to lower LDL cholesterol levels should consume 5-6%.

Therefore, the only fats left from that 20-35% are those of Unsaturated (Poly and Mono).

Overall Health Rating:

6/10  – What doesn’t kill you doesn’t really affect you that much unless you have high LDL cholesterol and are a couch potato.

References:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/3/550

http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3978

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