Saturated fats have a bad reputation: they are accused of increasing cholesterol, and to promote cardiovascular disease.
And indeed, too much saturated fat consumption can promote high cholesterol (especially bad cholesterol - LDL cholesterol), and therefore may increase the risk of coronary heart disease, or stroke.
But beware, some 2010 publications would tend to moderate the harmful effect of saturated fatty acids. In March 2010, the new recommended dietary intake increased the proportion of fat, including saturated garlic.
It should also be noted that short and medium chain fatty acids would not have harmful effects ...
What is their role in the body?
All fats, whether saturated or unsaturated, bring us energy, they also play a role in the transport of vitamins in the body and finally, they protect our organs (provided that the fat is present in reasonable quantities). These fats also play a role in the thermoregulation of the body.
Despite the bad reputation of saturated fats, some recent studies suggest that they still have important functions in the body (cancer prevention, hormone regulation, immune function).
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