Many weight loss diets suggest reducing the amount of fat you consume, especially saturated fats from meat and dairy products. But a Norwegian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests saturated fat might not be as important as the overall quality of the food being consumed.
Researchers put 38 men with abdominal fat on a high-carbohydrate or high-fat diet. Both eating programs were within calorie guidelines and featured minimally processed foods. Half the fat in the high-fat diet came from saturated fats sourced from butter, cream and cold-pressed oils.
Subjects on the high-fat diet experienced improvements in good cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugars. This goes against conventional wisdom, but illustrates the advantages of choosing whole foods over more processed options.