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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Saturated Fat Tax

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The misinformation and phobia about saturated fat are still alive and well. Not only here in the US but also in Denmark. On October 1, Denmark has imposed a tax on foods containing saturated fat. Products with more than 2.3% saturated fat will be taxed $2.90 USD per kilogram of saturated fat. The reason? To try to increase the life expectancy of Danes.

According to health minister Jakob Nielsen, he introduced the idea because "saturated fats can cause cardiovascular disease and cancer."

The problem is that it has not been proven to cause cardiovascular disease or cancer.


So why do I like saturated fat?

Saturated fat, especially from good sources like grass-fed beef, grass-fed raw milk, and butter made from said milk can be very healthy. Saturated fat
enhances the immune system,54 are necessary for healthy bones,55 provide energy and structural integrity to the cells,56 protect the liver57 and enhance the body's use of essential fatty acids.58 Stearic acid, found in beef tallow and butter, has cholesterol lowering properties and is a preferred food for the heart.59 
Hopefully this kind of tax will not find its way to our country and more people will realize how healthy saturated fat can be.

This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday.
~29 days to go!