Dr Ron Rosedale - Eating Saturated Fats

S aturated fat is a controversial topic, even for people who follow a low-carbohydrate diet. With little or no carbohydrates, fats provide most of the energy.

In his book, The Rosedale Diet, Dr Ron Rosedale suggested people switching to a low-carbohydrate diet, should use olive oil, a monousaturated fat, as their main energy source, and not saturated fat.

Dr Rosedale also recommends using coconut oil, but coconut oil is saturated fat. He'd looked into the health benefits of coconut oil. Has he changed his views on eating saturated fat?


Dr. Rosedale:  I had written a lot of detail about why coconut oil is good. But it was taken out the book by the publishers, HarperCollins, as they didn't want to confuse people. The changes they made in the book resulted in a lot of confusion about saturated fat recommendations.

I am not averse to saturated fat, what I said many times and in the book is that saturated fats are to be limited, only for the first few weeks. HarperCollins the publishers, modified it, so it wasn't too controversial.

After a several weeks on a low-carbohydrate diet, our bodies adapt to burning fat, and it makes less difference whether we use saturated or unsaturated fat. But its more difficult to burn saturated fats as opposed to unsaturated fats.

A lot of science support this. The same reason saturated fats do not oxidise when left sitting on the counter, they don’t become rancid, a good thing. But they're also harder to burn, to oxidise, in our bodies. When you make the transition from a high-carbohydrate to a low-carbohydrate fat-burning diet, the body takes time to switch and adapt to burning fats.

In the transition period we deprive ourselves of the sugar as fuel, we've been burning most of our lives. We know how to burn sugar, but its not healthy. In this initial period, our bodies must switch to burning fats.

Dr. Rosedale recommends the first few weeks on a very low-carb diet, the fats you eat should be mostly monounsaturated fat and omega-3 polyunsaturates, as a supplement. Our bodies burn monounsaturated fats more easily.

The first few weeks on the diet, people say how tired they are. If you don’t restrict saturated fats for that initial 2 or 3 weeks, that will happen. It takes a lot more work, to burn saturated than unsaturated fats.”

For the complete article: http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/17/150821/trouble-saturated/