Why Is Saturated Fat Bad For You?
"What is saturated fat bad for you?" One reader wrote in with
essentially this question.
Many men have heard from their doctors and
others that saturated fat is the root of all dietary evil. However, then they
find many sites that claim the exact opposite: saturated fat is not only
good for you but will boost testosterone and improve your health. When all
is said and done, most guys just walk away from the subject figuring that there
is no resolution.
However, this is dangerous indeed. Many, if not most, of the guys who make
it to this site have erectile dysfunction and, generally, that is a sign of
impending heart disease and arterial plaque buildup. As I outline below, one of
the chief culprits is saturated fat for those in a modern, urban setting.
For those interested, read below my response to this reader:
Hi thanks for the quick reply. I've read through alot of articles lately
that saturated fat is actually good for you, and that it was a "myth"
that it was bad. Just curious... have you seen these articles?
This is a great question and one that I actually cover in depth on my site. However,
Peak Testosterone has grown so large over time that it is probably difficult for guys
to find out my coverage on the subject.
Below is a bullet point summary of the position that I take on the rather
involved issues of saturated fat, cholesterol, diet, testosterone and the like:
CAUTION: Please talk to your doctor before making any changes, especially
if you have any medications or medical conditions.
1. Some cultures do very well on a high saturated fat diet. These cultures, however, have
very high activity and exercise levels and low stress levels and eat a relatively low amount
2. The poster children for #1 are the Masai, who eat copious amounts of saturated fat. However,
their cholesterol is around 150.
3. This is the key: cholesterol of 150 or below = no heart disease and heart disease is, by far, the
number one killer.
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4. We cannot live like the Masai: we have higher stress levels and do not
exercise anywhere near as much (nor does our beef have many omega-3's which
may be an issue). In addition, we eat many more carbohydrates. Put all this
together and we end up with arteriosclerosis, etc. This link may be of interest:
5. The only practical way for a modern, urban dweller to have lower cholesterol
levels is to eat a low fat diet in my opinion. Researchers have found that saturated
fat increases cholesterol levels significantly for modern-urban dwellers and this is deadly.
6. There are some studies that show mortality increases
with low cholesterol levels. However, several followup studies show this
is because sickly patients often have low cholesterol thus skewing results. For
details see this link:
7. Most modern, urban dwellers that make it to my site already have significant arteriosclerosis.
Several studies have shown that a low fat diet will actually help clear out some of this arterial
plaque and improve their risk of cardiovascular events.
8. There are many, many issues with a Low Carb Diet as well, which I docment in the following link:
9. A Low Carb Diet may lower your testosterone slightly, perhaps 10-20%, depending
on how you are eating currently. However, if your testosterone is at, say, 480 and
you do down to 420 along with improving endothelial function (for better erections),
cardiovascular risk and clean out your arteries, in my opinion it would be well worth it. However,
if you already have low testosterone, then you may want to consider a Mediterranean Diet:
10. A Mediterranean Diet has studies showing it protects from
erectile dysfunction and improves mortality. And it also has the
advantage of being pro-testosterone. However, keep in mind that it will not
clear out arterial plaque. If you have Metabolic Syndrome, then you may do
better on this diet as well.