Hey, did you hear?! Eggs, and other foods high in cholesterol, have recently been exonerated by the U.S. Government! They’re finally accepting the fact that eating cholesterol rich foods does not raise your body’s cholesterol levels. Something that’s actually been proven many times over in several studies, including the famous Framingham Heart Study done in 1948, but hey, better late than never!
While this is great news, and we can fearlessly enjoy our eggs for breakfast, the government is still failing to accept another truth bomb in the cholesterol-heart disease war. And that is the fact that saturated fats are not harmful, and can in fact be very healthy for the body. There are certain types of saturated fats, namely short chain triglycerides and medium chain triglycerides, that possess amazing health benefits.
Short chain fats, such as butyric acid, are largely found in butter. Butyric acid is extremely healthy for the gut. It aids in healing damaged cells in the colon, and can actually help prevent colon cancer. It is also anti-inflammatory and feeds our good bacteria. In fact, butyric acid is administered through enema’s for people with severe Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. That’s how healing it can be! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather eat creamy and delicious butter, and skip the enema 🙂
Medium chain triglycerides are perhaps more familiar due to the growing popularity of coconut oil. Pure coconut oil is comprised of about 60% MCT’s. These healthy fats have a long list of benefits. They are well known for their use in treating and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, healing the gut from bad bacteria and fungal overgrowth, and even enhancing weight loss by increasing metabolism and stabilizing the appetite. This fat will give you hours of energy and focus. MCT’s are also found in an isolated liquid form, allowing you to get a concentrated dose. Coconut oil or MCT oil goes great in a salad dressing, smoothie, or better yet, in your coffee!
Neither one of these saturated fats will increase your risk of heart disease, raise your bad cholesterol, or make you gain fat. On the contrary, increasing your consumption of butter and coconut oil, along with a healthy whole foods diet that is low in processed food, sugar, and inflammatory vegetable oils, can actually reduce your risk of heart disease and contribute to weight loss. Fructose on the other hand, the type of sugar found naturally in fruit, but also concentrated in most commercial baking and sweetened beverages, has been shown to raise triglycerides and cholesterol…but that’s another article. Food for thought 🙂