Holly’s comments: this is from Dr Mercola - i love the way he sums things up and i generally agree with his common sense and grip on reality. I sometimes feel the need to put it on the context of raw vegetarian because that’s where i’m coming from but that’s just a shift of perspective. The saturated fats in my diet are from raw dairy produce and COCONUT which we eat every day. We cannot easily obtain young coconuts so i use the flesh of mature coconuts blended into smoothies - this is A VERY CHEAP AND FRESH way of obtaining valuable coconut oil.
Another point is that heart disease start to escalate when processed fats such as marg were brought in. Poeple ate butter for centuries with no problem. Saturated fats are the only type that are chemically stable when heated so they are the safest ones to use if you cook - coconut oil is the best but butter would be far safer than olive oil. Olive oil should be used raw. I like to be aware of these things because my grown up children eat cooked food (they eat raw too!) and we try to make it as healthy as possible - cooking has such a different effects on different foods - it’s not all black and white but also sorts of subtle and varied colours.
Over to Dr Mercola:
Saturated fats from sources like meat, dairy, some oils and tropical plants such as coconut actually provide a concentrated source of healthy energy in your diet. They also:
* Provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone like substances * Slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry * Act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. * Are necessary for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes
Part of the scientific confusion relates to the fact that your body is capable of synthesizing saturated fats that it needs from carbohydrates, and these saturated fats are principally the same ones present in dietary fats of animal origin. However, and this is the key, not all saturated fatty acids are the same. In fact, there are more than a dozen different saturated fats with subtle differences that have profound health implications, and if you avoid eating all saturated fats you will suffer serious health consequences.
There is still a link between fat and heart disease. But it’s most likely dangerous TRANS FAT, and not saturated fats that is the problem and the missing link between fat and heart disease.