What you need to know about saturated fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates
“You catch more flies with honey…”

^^^good policy in general, but especially for debating in the realm of nutritional sciences.

A short while back, there was a debate between an advocate of low carb ketogenic diets and one of plant-based diets. Although I disagree with the dichotomy (keto vs. plant-based), it was entertaining.

Three topics that could not be avoided in such a discussion: saturated fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates.

1. Saturated fat

Many animal-based foods are rich in saturated fat and this is frequently cited as a reason why they’re unhealthy. That’s wrong: neither animal foods nor saturated fats are intrinsically unhealthy. FACT (P<0.05).

A tricky example?  Most of the fat in coconuts is saturated, and this food isn’t usually lumped into “unhealthy  saturated fats.” In fact, some peoples around the world have consumed huge amounts of it and show no signs of Neolithic disease that Westerners [wrongly] associate with red meat.

Technically speaking, the saturated fats in coconuts are metabolically different from those in animal foods, but this example would surely give pause to the opposition. AND coconuts are plants, so  by advocating them, you’re basically saying at least this plant is healthy… point being, low carb ketogenic diets don’t (and shouldn’t) exclude plant foods… this is a straw man used by opponents of LCHF and ketogenic diets.

2. Cholesterol

Another big difference between animal and plant foods is cholesterol  (which is only found in the former).  Of note, cholesterol is highest in  organ meats, and including organ meats into the diet undoubtedly  healthifies it. If cholesterol is ever discussed in a future debate, I suggest this example be promptly cited because literally NO EDUCATED PERSON would say: “eat less liver BECAUSE CHOLESTEROL.”

3. Carbohydrates


3a. “Eco-Atkins” is a plant-based low carb diet and studies have clearly demonstrated it’s efficacy.

3b. A ketogenic diet is easier & more ketogenic if it’s based on plants.

“You catch more flies with honey…”

I just like the idea of starting the discussion by looking at what the diets have in common (a lot of healthy whole foods), not where they differ (carbz)… and focusing on the bigger picture: sleep, circadian rhythms, stress, and environment all influence our response to any given diet.

calories proper