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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Confused About Fats and Oils?

If you are, it's no wonder. Between unsaturated, monosaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated, and the late unlamented trans-fats, it's hard to keep track of what will help you and what will kill you. Maoshing Ni has an excellent breakdown of this complex subject on Huffington Post today.


  1. Mr. Ni got things wrong almost from the beginning. Omega-3 fatty acids are not monounsaturated fats, they are polyunsaturated. His information about saturated fat is also out of date. I would not recommend anyone put too much stock in what he has to say.

  2. Natural fats and natural oils are good for you - olive oil, coconut oil and lard. Vegetable oils cause heart disease (inflammation in the arteries). Cholesterol is sent to the inflammation to help heal it. If the inflammation does not go away, then more cholesterol is sent and yes, eventually it can clog your arteries. But the problem is the heart disease - not the cholesterol. And not the fat. There have been many studies on literally thousands of people and there remains absolutely no scientific evedince that a high-fat diet causes heart disease or raises your cholesterol level. Heart surgeon, Dr DeBakey, looked back at 1700 of his own patients and found no correlation between cholesterol levels and heart disease. Bottom line, don't worry about eating fat, eat fewer carbs, and don't eat vegetable oils or partially hydrogenated oils.