Dietary saturated fat needs to be controlled – just like every other part of your diet – but it’s not the bad guy. It’s a single type of fat that only makes any sense in the context of your overall diet, your goals, and the foods you’re eating.
One good example is coconut oil – a popular food that is discussed as a “healthy fat” despite being almost entirely made up of saturated fats. The label of healthy fats is a bit of a difficult one, but the point is that coconut oil isn’t necessarily bad for you.
The REAL problem with saturated fats is associative: people who eat lots of them tend to have poor diets, because you tend to find this type of fat in low quality foods. A diet full of vegetable whole-foods and high-quality meats will have a high saturated fat count, but not bring the same problems.
Rather, it’s the crappy fats that you get from low-quality sources that you probably need to watch out for. This means cutting out the kebabs not the lamb, and the ice cream rather than the coconut oil.
The right approach isn’t total self-denial. It’s just about picking better fats and better fat-sources whenever you can. If you repeat good choices often enough, they become character traits.
A good diet treats saturated fat as one of many important nutrients – but picking the best ones and getting them from great foods is important.