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Saturated Fat: A Spotlight

Saturated fat, above all, has been demonized, said to cause heart disease, artery-clogging cholesterol, and unattractive belly fat.

However, there are many reasons not to fear saturated fats. Look to the following points to greater understand your sassy friend, saturated fat.

Boosts LDL Cholesterol Size
It’s true that saturated fat alters another scary element of our bodies: cholesterol. Did you know, however, that cholesterol is actually a vital part of your life? In fact, every single cell membrane in your body is pulsing with the stuff. It is utilized to make your hunter-gatherer friendly fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol and necessary sex hormones like estradiol and testosterone. Honestly, you couldn’t survive without cholesterol.

Unfortunately, the cholesterol unit you’ve probably heard about—the one that purports the risk of heart disease—exists as Low Density Lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol. New understanding of this formation of cholesterol states that there are actually two types of LDL cholesterol: small LDL particles that easily enter heart arteries, and large LDL particles that are fluffy, big, and unable to boost your risk of heart disease. Saturated fats actually increase the size of all LDL cholesterol particles, actually reducing your risk of heart disease.

Boosts HDL Cholesterol Numbers
Small-scale LDL cholesterol is the bad stuff, but HDL cholesterol, or high density lipoprotein, is actually the good cholesterol—the stuff you need to create the aforementioned sex hormones, among other things. This sort of cholesterol chugs cholesterol toward the liver and away from the heart; in the liver, it is either eliminated from the body or reused for fuel. Therefore, if you keep your HDL levels high, you can keep your risk of heart disease low.

Lowers Your Risk of Stroke
Strokes create a disturbance, an alteration in your blood’s flow from your heart to the brain. This disturbance damages brain tissue, causes disability, and can lead to death. Recent scientific studies have shown that saturated fats may increase blood flow regularity and decrease your risk of stroke.


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