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Saturated fats have had a bad reputation over the years. But they are actually diverse and can offer health benefits to the body.

Saturated fats have had a bad reputation over the years. But they are actually diverse and can offer health benefits to the body.

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Is Saturated Fat Healthy?

  1. 1. Is Saturated Fat Healthy? Dr. Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS http://www.DrAlexRinehart.com
  2. 2. Saturated Fats  Are saturated fats “bad” for you?  Saturated fats are diverse  3 Groups  Short-chain  Medium-chain  Long-chain  Each group metabolized differently by the body
  3. 3. Short-Chain Saturated Fatty Acids  Examples: Acetic Acid (C-2), Butyric Acid (C-4), Isovaleric Acid (C-6)  Commonly produced from fermentation of fiber in the colon  Healthy benefits for immune system & gastrointestinal tract
  4. 4. Medium-Chain Saturated Fatty Acids  Examples: Caprylic (C-8), Capric (C-10), Lauric (C- 12), and sometimes Myristic Acid (C-14)  Sent directly to the liver & burned like simple carbohydrates  May be helpful with neurodegenerative disorders  Support weight loss, energy balance, and immune health  Do not negatively affect cholesterol or insulin levels
  5. 5. Long-Chain Saturated Fatty Acids Examples: Palmitic (C-16), Stearic (C-18) Found in animal products Lead to rise in Total Cholesterol, HDL and LDL. Raises HDL to a greater degree! Help add stability to hormones & cell membranes
  6. 6. Conclusion  Saturated fats are good for you and are not necessarily harmful unless combined with:  1. High Sugar Diet  2. Sedentary Lifestyle  3. Smoking  4. Man-made toxins in food, water and air  5. Trans fats  6. Insufficient Omega 3 fats (ex. Fish oil)  7. Genetic susceptibilities
  7. 7.  To read the full discussion and references please click the link: http://dralexrinehart.com/nutrition-benefits/ is-saturated-fat-healthy/ (please share and quote when appropriate )

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