For many years, people have linked saturated fats to causes of obesity, heart diseases and health issues. But the truth is the opposite of this popular belief! Numerous studies have proven that saturated fats are actually good and necessary for our health. 49 studies of more than 550,000 participants with higher saturated fat intake were not at a higher risk of heart diseases, and was proven that saturated fat consumption wasn’t linked to heart diseases or death. So why are Saturated fats actually GOOD for us? We provide you with 3 reasons below:
1. Saturated Fats are most Stable
Saturated Fats contain only a single chemical bond. As a source of energy, it is the most stable fat as compared to other fats such as polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats.
Stable saturated fats are preferred because it is least likely to degrade, turn rancid or become inflammatory even when exposed to light, high heat and oxygen for a prolonged period of time. When we consume huge amount of fats which are inherently unstable, we run the risk of inflammations. And recurrent inflammation is the main culprit behind many illnesses, diseases and even cancer.
2. Saturated Fats are Unprocessed
Processed fats from vegetable oil, sunflower oil and margarine are generally bad for us. These oils underwent harsh conversion processes, have been chemically modified and refined, thus stripping off most, if not all its nutrients. The worst kind of processed fats come from trans fat, usually a by-product of chemical process such as hydrogenation. Our body is not able to process trans fats and these pose serious health issues such as increased inflammatory markers and heart attacks. In Singapore, products with high trans fats are banned to encourage healthier eating and limit trans fat diet.
On the other hand, we should also opt for unprocessed fat such as beef, lamb, and pork where the meats are not chemically cured or preserved. These meats were chemically modified to taste better or to extend shelf life, however when the chemicals are broken down in our guts, they damage cells that line the bowels and increases risk of various cancers. A meta-analysis of over 1.4 million people during a span of 30 years verified that processed meat increases risk of coronary heart diseases. For every 50 grams of processed meats, the risk increases by 18%.
3. Saturated Fats are best if they are Natural
Sources of fat where they came from are also important when looking out for the best saturated fats. For plant based, organic certified products are the preferred as they do not use pesticides and other harmful chemicals. By the same logic, for livestock, choose the fats and meat sourced from the wild and ethical farms where the livestock are not subjected to injection of artificial growth hormones and steroids. Instead, they are fed using the most natural diet that is most suitable to their unique biological constructs. We also recommend livestock raised ethically with minimal stress with sufficient space for activities.
Saturated Fat is The Best Fat
Therefore, when sourced carefully, saturated fat is the most natural source of energy for us, and it can also be one of the more affordable options. For plant based saturated Fats, we highly recommend Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil for the following reasons:
High Smoke Point
Oil with a high smoke point is ideal for cooking as it does not go rancid easily and doesn’t produce harmful radicals. Each type of oil has its own chemical compound, those with lower smoke points are better as dressings, salad dips and sauces, while oils with a higher smoke point such as coconut oil with a smoke point of 350°F (177°C) are ideal for roasting, frying and searing.
Longer Shelf Life
Virgin coconut oil has one of the best shelf life as compared to other oils, and unrefined coconut oil can have a shelf life of up to 5 years if you store it properly. Note: due to food regulation, packaging could only indicate a maximum shelf life of 2 years from date of manufacturing.
Help us to Burn more fats!
A ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting essentially trains our body to become fat adaptive – using stored fats as the basic fuel for our daily energy needs. When breaking a fast (of between 16 to 20 hours), it is always good to start with small amount of Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil before taking the main courses. This would help oil and kick start our digestive system. And because Coconut oil does not cause any insulin spike, it provides the body with some fuel while prolonging the benefits of the ketogenic process of fat burning.
Top Selling Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil in Singapore
Ecoco Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is one of the top selling brands in Singapore, and it is easily available at leading supermarkets such as Fair Price, Sheng Siong, Cold Storage and Giant! What makes our coconut oil better than the rest? Ecoco Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is organic, unrefined and cold-pressed without any heat extraction as heat reduces the antioxidant properties, making us the best choice for you!
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