Saturated fat historically has received a bad rap in its connection with cardiovascular disease, however plant-based saturated fats such as that in organic unrefined coconut oil may be beneficial to health because of the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) within.
MCTs are known to be used quickly by the body instead of stored, and may help with energy, brain function and metabolism.
Grass-fed free-range beef, while naturally high in saturated fat, is also high in omega-3s compared to grain-fed conventionally raised beef. When choosing steaks or hamburgers, make sure to look for the words “grass-fed” on the label or talk with the butcher at the meat counter for more information.
While healthy fats are a natural part of the human body, everything must be considered in moderation. Additionally, those with gall bladder issues should be careful when consuming a lot of fat (even good fats) as it can aggravate symptoms and may cause loose stools. Those with high cholesterol, specifically high LDL, should have their levels routinely measured.
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Reviewed July 29, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith