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Monday
Jun162014

Saturated Fat is not bad for you!!!???

Fat. We all have this negative connotation about this word. Whether it’s our diet or appearance we often heard that “fat” is not good for you. Now, a recent study in Cambridge has challenged this idea (at least the dietary side), and the mainstream media has picked it up to state that saturated fat is not bad for you. The review states, "Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.” And if you google saturated fat, there are tons of articles arguing about this subject.

Now we all know nutrition guidelines change ALL THE TIME. One day eggs are bad for you, and now they’re ok. Spinach is good for you, but now not so much. The topic of what’s good and what’s bad changes constantly because new information and new studies are done continuously. But in all honesty, I have a problem with the pop culture’s thinking in the absolute; stating that things are either good or bad. Instead of thinking in black and white, I think we need to focus on balance. A good meal in my opinion consists of veggies, carbs, proteins, and even saturated fat. I think we should stop picking out individual things and labeling them as healthy or unhealthy and just eat a balanced meal. --Also, promoting fat in our diet may not be such a good idea for the obesity epidemic.-- Overall, I think the American diet needs a little more vegetables (potatoes and corn don’t count), and exercise more. 

-Will Takakura, Summer Research Intern

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