Saturated Fat for Diabetes
January 19, 2017 by David Mendosa
Did you think that saturated fat isnt good for your health? Actually it is both healthy and satisfying.
A new study by Norwegian researchers that The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published at the end of November 2016 debunks the urban myth that you need to minimize how much saturated fat you eat. The researchers at the University of Bergen found strikingly similar health effects of diets based either on carbohydrates or on fats.
In their randomized controlled trial, 38 men with abdominal obesity followed diets that were high in either carbohydrates or fat, of which about half was saturated. The men in the study had normal fasting glucose.
Only the abstract of the study is online, but the corresponding author, Simon N. Dankel, Ph.D., sent me a copy of the full text. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Science at the University of Bergen.
I would especially like to draw your attention to the rigorous design of our study, Dr. Dankel said in an email. We matched the food types as well as energy (within normal range), protein, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, making for a more clear-cut comparison of carbs vs. fat.
The very high intake of total and saturated fat did not increase the calculated risk of cardiovascular diseases, said Ottar K. Nygrd, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Clinical Science at the University of Bergan and cardiologist, in a press release from the university . He was a coauthor on the study.
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