Is Saturated Fat Healthy?

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Is Saturated Fat Healthy? Dr. Alexander Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS http://www.DrAlexRinehart.com

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ?)