Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

By Elaine Watson contact

- Last updated on GMT

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."

Related news

Show more

Related products

30544-Fortitech-HeartPart1-Banner-SmartLead-616x347

Strategic Nutrition for Heart Health-Part II

Fortitech® Premixes by DSM | 18-Oct-2017 | Technical / White Paper

Consumers are increasingly shopping for heart healthy products. Identify nutrients that can help differentiate your products and learn how custom nutrient...

sunflower-oil-610x343

The Elegance of Expeller-Pressed

Bunge Oils | 07-Sep-2017 | Technical / White Paper

Simply put: today's consumers want food, simply. One way to meet this demand is with expeller-pressed oils. Expeller-pressing is gentler on the earth...

EVTene™ - Natural Palm Mixed-Carotene Complex

EVTene™ - Natural Palm Mixed-Carotene Complex

ExcelVite Sdn. Bhd. | 01-Feb-2017

EVTene™ Natural palm mixed carotene complex is a reddish vegetable oil suspension extracted and concentrated from non-GMO, Malaysian sustainable virgin...

Related suppliers

1 comment

Keep the discussion on saturated fats scientific

Posted by Gabrie Lansbergen,

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

Follow us

Featured Events

View more

Products

View more

Webinars