Saturated Fat & Cholesterol

Australian Saturated Fat & Cholesterol Documentary

So, were we wrong about saturated fat?

Are we seeing the cholesterol myth in a scientific free-fall?

Have we been wrongly advised to avoid saturated fat and cholesterol, despite no evidence of harm?

Most of us were raised being told that options like red meat, fried eggs and bacon will raise our cholesterol levels.

But…was this idea so deeply ingrained in our cultural psyche that we believed it without even questioning it?

The video above is the Australian documentary that got everyone talking about this specific….myth?

Saturated Fats: Should I Eat Them or Avoid Them????

Watch the documentary and make your own mind up!

Bonus Information on Saturated Fat

So, consuming meals that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. This high level of cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke.

So what is our daily allowance of saturated fat?

American Heart Association Recommendations

You should be for a dietary pattern that achieves 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat.

For example, if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fats.

That’s about 13 grams of saturated fats a day.

Fats – The Good & The Bad

Fats - The Good & The Bad

Foods That Are Considered HIGH in Cholesterol

Foods that are high in cholesterol

Do You Want To Eat Less Fat?

  1. Always take the time to check out nutrition labels when you are shopping – make sure you are not loading up the cart with high-fat options.
  2. When purchasing meat, make sure you are choosing the bits that have visibly less fat on them. If you shop at a local butchers – ask him/her to trim down the meat you choose (ask for lean cuts of meat).
  3. Grill, bake, poach or steam food rather than deep frying or roasting.
  4. If you are using an oil for cooking, try measuring out each amount with a teaspoon. Pouring out from the bottle is never a good idea!
  5. Meat tastes GREAT when fried – but how often do you try grilling it? Use that grill pan – it’s a lot healthier!
  6. Casseroles and stews tend to hold a lot of meat – why don’t you try cutting down some of that meat and adding and extra bean or vegetable substitute instead?
  7. Try reduced-fat spreads, such as olive oil or sunflower spreads (a new manufacturing process solved past concerns about their trans fat content).

What Foods Contain What Fat?

So what foods should we be aiming to stay away from if we want to cut down on our fat intake? Below is a rather interesting diagram showing the levels of fat in more ‘popular’ food choices…

How much fat do these foods contain?

4 thoughts on “Saturated Fat & Cholesterol

  1. Thank you for this educative post, I found it really nice because I don’t joke with my health and diet. I grew up having the same mentality that red meat and bacon are too rich in cholesterol. Though I still take them but not in large quantities. I am wondering why you didn’t mention white meats such as snails, if it also has cholesterol content. Thank you 

    1. Hi Clement,

      Well if you notice the guy in the video is quite old – therefore he’s not me LOL! 🙂

      Yeah I had nothing to do with the content put out there in this video mate (snails are interesting though!)

  2. You can seriously doubt the advise of the American Heart Association as a non-profit organisation in the United States. The reason for this is, that they launched a $30 million venture capital fund and so they engage with commercial parties. “We want to give you $30m, in exchange for which ….”. There is your independence of health advice to the population as a non-profit organization. Forbes wrote a great article May 17, 2018 with the title “American Heart Association Venture Capital Fund Sparks Criticism”.

    1. Well that’s a subject that we have to stay firmly on the fence with Paul – there’s nothing solid there yet to change our mind one way or another. 

      Thanks for commenting though! 

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