The following article appeared in Men’s Journal.
A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reanalyzed the data from 21 studies on the relationship between saturated-fat consumption and heart disease. The conclusion? There is no relationship, beyond a weak correlation between the ration of saturated to polyunsaturated fats in your diet.
In other words, eating saturated fat – the number one reason you’ve avoided bacon – seems to have no negative health effects as long as you also get enough polyunsaturated fat (found in nuts and vegetable oils).
Here’s an even bigger suprise: Bacon fat is mostly a monounsaturated oil called oleic acid – the same thing found in olive oil – while bacon’s saturated fat, about 39 percent of its total fat, comes in the form of stearic acid, which the body converts to oleic acid. The rest of bacon’s fat – about 11 percent – is superhealthy polyunsaturated fat.
If you care about your heart, eat more bacon.