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13 Weight-Loss Facts You Always Get Wrong

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Can saturated fat actually be healthy?

For a long time, scientists believed saturated fatthe kind found in meat, full-fat cheese, butter, cows milk, ice cream, and palm and coconut oilswas the cause of heart disease. But that belief has gotten a bit more complicated.The current thinking is that saturated fat does indeed raise LDL cholesterol, which is bad for your heart. But it also may raise HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides, which may potentially be good for your heart. In effect, current research shows that saturated fat can have both a positive and negative impact on heart health.Bottom line: How saturated fat affects your health may come down to what youre comparing it to. When people replace saturated fat with healthier unsaturated fats (found in fish, nuts, olive oil, and avocado) it benefits their heart health. But if they replace them with simple carbohydrates, trans fats, and other unhealthful foods, its harmful. Think of it this way: youre better off eating salmon (rich in unsaturated fat) than steak (which contains saturated fat). But youre better off eating steak than fried chicken thats breaded and cooked in shortening full of trans fats.

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