Have you heard the latest on saturated fats? If so, you may be a little confused. There seems to be a lot of mixed messages on whether they are good or bad for our health. Check out the information below to get some clarity.
Where is it found?
Saturated fats are most commonly found in animal proteins and products such as eggs, cheese and butter. They are also found in other sources, such as coconut oil or palm oil. The more marbling a meat has (white streaks visible before cooking), the higher the fat content.
What does the research say?
The health effects of saturated fats are widely debated. However, evidence has consistently shown that a high intake of saturated fats may increase the risk of heart disease due to elevation of cholesterol.
What do others say?
Recent diet trends may argue that increasing saturated fats has its benefits. Saturated fats aid in the digestion of fat soluble vitamins, and support bone health and neurological messaging. Some trends question the validity of low saturated fat diets.
What should I do?
The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 5-6% of your daily calories from saturated fats. Your GenoPalate results provide you with a personalized recommendation so you know exactly how much you should consume, based on your genetics and an extensive review of genetic literature.