Gotta love this. I’ve felt this way about butter for a long time: it’s not only not bad for you, it’s good for you. I have to look further into the papers to know if I believe it about saturated fats in general. But what is clear is that a lot of these things are not bad in themselves, they are only bad when paired with high calorie diets that impede the proper processing of fats and sugars.
That the worm is turning became increasingly evident a couple of weeks ago, when a meta-analysis published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that there’s just no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. In fact, there’s some evidence that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging. The researchers looked at 72 different studies and, as usual, said more work — including more clinical studies — is needed. For sure. But the days of skinless chicken breasts and tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter may finally be drawing to a close.