Dangers of Saturated Fats
Why they say that saturated fats are bad, and where can i find them?
• Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol levels by clogging cholesterol receptors on liver cells, thus preventing cholesterol from leaving the blood. Saturated fat also directly increases the production of cholesterol in the small intestine so that the stiff saturated dietary fat mixes more easily in the blood. Cholesterol builds up in our arteries and causes atherosclerosis which can lead to hypertension, heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.
• Saturated fats have been shown to thicken the blood ten times more than mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil. This contributes to impaired circulation, blood clot formation, hypertension, and hearing loss.
• Causes red blood cells to clump together causing a reduction in the amount of oxygen that the RBCs can carry.
• Saturated fats make cell membranes stiff; they should be soft and flexible. Stiff cell walls prevent nutrients from entering the cells easily, allow the membrane to be damaged more easily which can allow viruses such as the cancer virus to enter the cell, and can compromise the proper functioning of the brain.
• Animal fats have been associated with colon, ovary and breast cancer.
Foods from animal products and some plant foods, primarily palm kernel, coconut, and cocoa butter.
Coconut oil contains a large amount of lauric acid (saturated) which elevates blood cholesterol. When there is no cholesterol in the diet, coconut oil does not damage the arteries even though the blood cholesterol level is elevated.
Source: Eat for Strength
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