Saturated fat is fashionable. It's sexy. It's glamorous. Us
guys love our grills. We love the convenience of fast food and a quick
burger. Plus, as I covered
in my link on
The TwoFs: Fat and Fiber, saturated fat (in the short term)
is pro-testosterone. Saturated fat is also necessarily part of the popular
Low Carb/Atkins/Paleolithic Diets that are currently the rave. The bottom
line is that most people on a Western, more affluent diet love their meat.
So then why am I such a wet blanket about saturated fat? If you've read my
site much, you know I believe that saturated fat will lead almost all guys down
a path of heart disease and impotence. So why am I so certain I'm right?
First of all, virtually all the Super Cultures, the ones with virtually no heart
disease and/or high rates of centenarians, etc., have low cholesterol. The
only exception that I know of are the Tokeluans, who eat very high quantities of
coconut meat and and have total cholesterol in the
low medium range: 182. However, the Tokeluans eat abundant fish and
exercise, due to a rural third world lifestyle. But in modern society, how
many guys do we know that can work and walk night and day to nullify the effects
of the saturated fat that they consumed? And I certainly hope no one is
eating fish daily as the methylmercury buildup in their systems will
eventually catch up to them. The bottom line is that
saturated fat and a
modern lifesytle just do not go together. NOTE: I cover this same idea regarding the Masai, the African tribe that
live off cattle, in great detail in this link about
The Dangers of the
Paleolithic or Atkins or Low Carb Diet.
This is what you need to know: researchers have repeatedly seen that
is no heart disease when cholesterol is under 150. It's that simple.
You can almost eliminate your chances of heart disease by simply following that
simple rule early enough in life.  This was verified by researcher Dean
Ornish when he found that putting patients on a
Low Fat Diet actually reversed
heart disease. Even Dr. Davis, author of Track Your Plaque and Wheat
Belly, says that you need to have LDL levels below 70 to reverse
arteriosclerosis. And that will not happen unless you greatly restrict
your levels of saturated fat. (See my link on the LDL Levels Associated
with Reversing Plaque for more information.
NOTE: I am NOT attacking meat eating here, but rather a high fat
diet based on modern, industrial meats that are nothing like wild game.
Almost all of the problems in this article vanish if one eats range fed meats.
I discuss many options in my page on Low Fat Meats.
1) Insulin Resistance. Researchers use high fat and saturated fat
diets to induce insulin resistance in research animals! This link has been
known for awhile and has been verified in humans on (nondiabetic) participants.
 Insulin resistance is a male curse and is associated with
Syndrome, which in turn is associated with decreased testosterone, heart disease
and erectile dysfunction. Again, if you exercise like a wild man, you can
probably overcome insulin resistance. But how many of us can commit to
walking four hours per day or spending two hours in the gym?
2) Cholesterol. Saturated fat boosts cholesterol. In fact, I
just read a book by a researcher  who had cholesterol of about 240 and was
shocked that it dropped like a rock to 170 when he laid off saturated fat.
His family had a genetic predisposition toward high cholesterol and many of his
relatives had died young of heart disease. He basically though there was
no answer for him until he dropped saturated fat.
3) Erectile Dysfunction. Saturated fat temporarily stuns or hardens
the arteries leading to decreased blood flow.  This is the last
thing a guy needs because we need blood flow to our penis for maximum sexual
performance. Why would you do anything that will slow down your
4) Arteriosclerosis and Arterial Plaque. One prominent Olive Oil researcher
made an interesting observation in an animal study: olive oil created as
much ateriosclerosis as saturated fat.  Notice the significance of
this: he was warning us against the
Dangers of Olive Oil by comparing it
with saturated fat. In other words, what he was essentially saying is that
"saturated fat is the nastiest fat as far as clogging your arteries and Olive
Oil is right there with it". But the bottom line is that researchers the
world over recognize that saturated fat is the Great Sludge Builder.
5) Cancer. Researchers already had significant evidence that saturated fat
promoted cancer, but in this last year studies came out linking it to several
major cancers including prostate cancer , intestinal cancer  and, for the
woman in your life, breast cancer . In addition, saturated fat is a known
cholesterol booster and moderate and above cholesterol levels are associated
with advanced and aggressive prostate cancer.   So not only does
saturated put you at risk for getting cancer in general, but it also likely
leads you into some of the most hellish forms as well.
6) Cognition and Brain. Please this link on
Brain Killers for how Saturated
Fat and High Fat Diets are very hard on the brain and can actually "make you
7) Cholecystokinin (CCK) Resistance. This actually is not unique to
saturated fat, but researchers in 2009 found that rats fed a high fat developed
cholecystokinin resistance.  Cholecystokinin, or CCK, sends a signal to the
brain, which in turn sends a signal to the liver to decrease glucose (blood
sugar) production. A high fat diet blocks this path and leads to increased blood
8) Impairs HDL. Researchers have found that
six hours after
a saturated fat meal
the participants' HDL was had diminished protective qualities. 
9) Cortisol. Saturated fat has been associated with increased cortisol levels in
already stressful situations. 
Of course, cortisol is one of stress hormones and decreases testosterone and
memory and increases heart disease.
You will see silly statements about low cholesterol causing cancer and suicide in
children and all kinds of similar statement. But consider this again:
the Super Healthy Cultures in the world almost all have cholesterol under 150.
Are they throwing themselves off bridges? Are they dying of cancer?
No, they're living to ripe old age like a human being should!
Tarahumara of northern Mexico: these eatings eat a high carb, low fat, low
protein diet and have one of the highest centenarian rates in the world and
virtually no heart disease.
You will also see studies quoted that show there is an increase in mortality for
those low cholesterol. The reason for this is simple: those studies
forgot to remove participants who had developed some kind of significant disease
or condition which was responsible or lead to the low cholesterol. If you
remove these people, it's a whole different story.
Here's the bottom line that I want to emphasize as well: I have
corresponded with dozens of guys who have been helped with erectile dysfunction
by eliminating or significantly reducing saturated fat. But never have I
heard of anyone improving erectile dysfunction by adding saturated fat.
And the reasons above say it all: saturated fat just doesn't help the kind
of heart and erectile difficulties that middle aged and beyond guys face.
In fact, quite the opposite - it's a diametrically opposed hindrance.
If you want health, energy, sexual vitality and much cleaner arteries than your
neighbor, then you've to let him keep sucking down his saturated fat while you
move on to the
Low Fat Diet or possibly
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