Why We Still Haven’t Gotten Fat Right: The Saturated Fat Debate

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Might butter actually be good for you?
Air Date: 7/2/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Eliza Leggatt, health educator
Energized by the desire to unite public health initiatives with the growing field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Eliza Leggatt is a gifted writer, communicator, and health educator. Eliza draws upon a wealth of experience, ranging from the United States Marine Corps to motherhood. During her time in the Marine Corps, Eliza earned a meritorious promotion upon graduating from recruit training in Parris Island, South Carolina. She was honored after graduating from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where she earned a higher GPA than any previous graduate. She saw and experienced firsthand the prevalence and consequences of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affecting our servicemen and women, and entered the civilian world with a renewed enthusiasm for educating about natural living. Intense in her passion for healthy living, yet gentle in her approach, Eliza empowers others on their health journeys with compassion, candor, and a unique ability to convey complex scientific principles in a down-to-earth, accessible manner. Eliza currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with her five-year- old daughter and her husband.
Why We Still Haven’t Gotten Fat Right: The Saturated Fat Debate
For years saturated fat was thought to be incredibly bad for you. But recent research is suggesting that saturated fat is not the enemy we thought it was.

So, wait... butter is actually good for you?

The debate has been going on for years. The early 1960s is when a lot of the confusion started. Your grandmothers used to cook with butter and lard all the time, and it wasn't that big of a deal.

But then, researchers and scientists began to link nutrition to disease and hypothesized that fat in one's diet led to fat in bodies, resulting in clogged arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.. The logic that followed was to replace these fats, and that's when saturated fat got its bad reputation.

Which fats are safe, and which you can consume safely on a regular basis?

Some fats are beneficial and some, like saturated fats, just taste good and aren't that bad for you.

Omega-3 fats are the golden child of fats.

On the other hand, Omega-6 fats (vegetable oils, like corn/soy/sunflower) can force out the other beneficial fats that you do eat.

The key is finding the balance. Omega-6 and Omega-3 compete, so try to consume more Omega-3s than Omega-6s.

The good news is that saturated fats do not compete with Omega-3s. As long as you are getting enough Omega-3s in your diet, you are well on your way to optimal health. 

Health educator, Eliza Leggatt, joins Andrea and Lisa to share why saturated fats have gotten a bad rap, as well as which fats are safe and which ones you should avoid.