Saturated fats make up 35% of total fat intake in the US (1). Intakes were believed to remain the same between 1909 and 2000, but between 1995-2005, intake levels declined (2). From 1960 to 2000, intake of polyunsaturated fats increased significantly (3). As intake of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) from coconut and MCT oil is relatively low in the US diet, intake of long-chain saturated fatty acids (LCFAs) predominates total intake of saturated fat.
Why worry about differences in saturated fats? Shouldn’t I limit them anyway?
Dietary guidelines have focused largely on limiting saturated fats as a whole – and do not clarify what type of saturated fat they are talking about. After reading about how differently these short and medium chain fats […]