Saturated Fat

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  1. cls

    cls Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in

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    Is saturated fat bad for my heart? Does it increase my chances of high cholesterol and heart disease, all other variables held constant? Should I avoid it?

    I'm on a bulking diet right now and eat a lot of eggs, red meat, and dairy, so it's a concern of mine. The American Heart Association says saturated fats raise your cholesterol, but I've heard that studies that say otherwise.
     
  2. ware_ru

    ware_ru I know, I know, I'm amazing

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    yes saturated fat is bad for you
     
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    I'm not an expert at nutrition yet, but my understanding is that it is best that you try to balance your fats equally among saturates, monounsaturates and polyunsaturates.
     
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    yes, high levels of saturated fats can increase cholesterol. As long as you are working out hard and aren't eating like complete shit, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
     
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    I think lean cuts of beef every now and then and then avoiding sats for most of the time is best.

    I mean, I would'nt add lard to one of my shakes to meet my saturated fat goal. Just does'nt seem right :\
     
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    All Fats Are Evil!!!! If You Eat Fat You Will Get Fat!!!!
     
  7. cls

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    Well I was reading this article from the European Heart Journal that says "The commonly-held belief that the best diet for the prevention of coronary heart disease is a low saturated fat, low cholesterol is not supported by the available evidence from clinical trials" (http://www.omen.com/corr.html)

    Then on the AHA website it says... "Saturated fat is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol." (http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=532)


    So... I'm a little confused what I'm supposed to believe. I also read some articles on www.theomnivore.com which were pro saturated fat. That site author says: "[size=-1]There has not been a single tightly-controlled clinical trial that has produced any reduction in CHD mortality that can honestly be attributed to saturated fat restriction or cholesterol-lowering"

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    dietary cholesterol doesn't affect blood cholesterol levels
     
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    yes they do, just not as much as most people think... and saturated fats raise cholesterol more than cholesterol itself
     
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    the difference is at most virtually nothing, unless you are in the small minority of people that are affected by it.
     
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