SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - North AmericaEU edition | Asian edition

News > Suppliers

Read more breaking news

 

 
Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

1 comment

By Elaine Watson+

30-Jun-2014

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular, is changing, at least in the media. But are policymakers sitting up and taking notice. And should they?

One man who is convinced that they should is Gerald McNeill, PhD, who heads up R&D at palm oil specialist Loders Croklaan. 

When it comes to cardiovascular disease risk, we often talk about 'good', 'bad' and 'ugly' fats, and put saturated fat firmly in the 'bad' category, he told FoodNavigator-USA at the IFT show in New Orleans.

But some very large observational studies have concluded that there is in fact no compelling evidence that saturated fat increases our risk of developing coronary heart disease, he said.

And in the case of palm oil, this should probably not surprise anyone, as half of the fat in it is unsaturated, and while the other half (saturated fat) raises LDL ('bad') cholesterol, it also raises HDL ('good') cholesterol in equal measure, effectively canceling out the deleterious effects, he said.

"Saturated fat doesn't really do anything. [The crackdown on saturated fat] has unfortunately been a complete waste of time for the last 25 years."

1 comment (Comments are now closed)

Keep the discussion on saturated fats scientific

That Palm oil suppliers or sellers or butter producers like to think that saturated fats are not that bad is for me not that convincing. Let we keep it scientific and at least let we carry out some proper studies. These are complicated and take time. Is it therefore that I did not see any large study in the last ten years.

Report abuse

Posted by Gabrie Lansbergen
28 June 2014 | 21h102014-06-28T21:10:16Z

Related products

Green Sheep Water positioned as bottled water with a green conscience

Green Sheep Water taps into demand for sustainability as a bottled water with a green conscience

Sustainability and environmentally-friendly claims are becoming increasingly influential among consumers with recent research from...

Packaged cold brew coffee gains traction, has room for more players

Packaged cold brew coffee is gaining traction, & still has plenty of room for additional players

Cold brew coffee is creating quiet the buzz in the US with new brands...

Mars Food teams with Partnership for a Healthier America

Mars Food teams with Partnership for a Healthier America to improve nutrition, transparency in 5 years

To help fight the good fight against the ongoing obesity epidemic in America, Mars...

Vox Pop: The truth about Millennials, revealed by Millennials

Vox Pop: The truth about Millennials, revealed by Millennials

Serial snackers, addicted to new products and ‘emotionally connected’ to coffee? Marketers are obsessed...

Dannon grows as it fulfills promise to improve its products’ nutrition, fund healthy eating research

Dannon grows as it fulfills promise to improve its products’ nutrition, fund healthy eating research

As The Dannon Company nears the finish line for fulfilling its promise to improve...

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US”

Functional & sparking bottled water sales are “very hot in the US,” analyst says

Once considered boring by many Americans, water is becoming a go-to beverage of choice...

Banana water tastes better than coconut water,' Steuben Foods

Banana water is 'lighter and fresher than coconut water,' says Steuben Foods

Banana water from Elmhurst Naturals – which combines water, banana juice concentrate and natural...

Enjoy Life Foods asks how best to merchandise free-from foods

Enjoy Life Foods: Dedicated allergy-friendly sets in the natural aisle are the best way to merchandise free-from foods

With one in 13 children diagnosed with a food allergy in the US*, ‘allergy-friendly’...

Paleo: A fad, a trend, or the start of a new food movement?

Paleo: A fad, a trend, or the start of a new food movement?

Is Paleo a trend or a fad? And are 'plant-based foods' just a sexier...

Clean ingredients, functional benefits drive high-end juice category

Clean ingredient lists & functional benefits drive high-end juice category, Bolthouse Farms VP says

Consumer demand for high-protein products and high-end juices seem insatiable, and to help meet...

Hartman Group, MSL Group, talk Millennials and food

PODCAST: What makes Millennials tick?

While many Millennials feel that their vote won't make much difference, they are far...

Saturated fat guidelines out, food guidelines in?

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Benoit Lamarche

Saturated fat researcher, Laval University

'It's business as usual': Davisco Foods on Agropur takeover

'It's business as usual': Davisco Foods on Agropur takeover

Polly Olson

Vice President of Business Development, Davisco Foods International

Snack trends 2014: Euromonitor says popcorn and thins

Euromonitor: Popcorn and thins epitomize ‘indulgence without the guilt’

Popcorn has exploded and thins have sliced into action in snacking – both riding...

InHarvest: Legumes, pulses steal spotlight from animal protein

At the 2014 Research Chefs Association Conference & Culinology Expo, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with...

SFA head: ‘A little term called class action suits’ is prompting GMO removal

SFA head: ‘A little term called class action suits’ is prompting GMO removal

Genetically modified organisms are safe and there is a need and place for them...

Could oats be the next gluten-free star?

Could oats be the next gluten-free star?

Oats, when the supply chain ensures no cross-contamination, are a gluten-free cereal grain. So...

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the...