When you eat fat it normally comes with nutrients as well, unless you are eating refined oils. Saturated fats got a bad rep and I wouldn't say that they are at best neutral with regards to their affect on health. You can't have a nutritionally adequate diet without them, so therefore they must have some health benefits. And studies are showing that they improve cardiovascular disease risk, which IS making you healthier!!! How can you say there isn't any research showing their health benefits?!?!?! You just have to look harder to find it.
There is research showing their benefits like being antifungal/bacterial, immune system supporting, increased liver health, needed for the brain, stronger bones, they may be cancer protective and other things. These are health benefits.
I think fruit and veggies are all good, and I enjoy them myself but they aren't as nutritious as animal foods. Some studies show that eating your "5 a day" of fruit and veg has no effect on health in terms of disease prevention, whereas one recent-ish study found they are only beneficial when eaten with fat (which happened to be saturated fat from dairy). So don't be shy and put good quality raw grass-fed butter on your veggies if you can tolerate it. Apparently veg isn't even a quality source of available antioxidants and people always talk about how good for you they are (I agree) but I think it is influenced by CW a little. Coffee is supposedly a far superior source.
Omega 3's (which are great for you) on the other hand seem to be the cure for everything in comparison to saturates. They are "heart healthy" polys, get lots of press so you would expect lots of research on them. I just think there could be more to saturated fats than we know because it is "bad for us" so no need to look for the benefits.
P.S I think there is something in primitve people's lifetsyle that influences cholesterol levels. It could come down to stress (physical and environmental like pollution). David Getoff was talking about it somewhere but i can't remember where........
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