Ever wondered why you find it so hard to control your appetite? You know, when you just can't seem to get full no matter how hard you try? It could be something to do with the type of fat you're eating.
While there's a lot of research to say saturated fat isn't as bad for us as we previously thought, with the most recent study stating that butter is “neutral” and is neither bad or good, a new investigation into saturated fat says that this food stuff still isn't good news for our waistlines.
Keep scrolling to find out why saturated fats could be bad for you and your diet.
The research carried out by a team at the University of Naples Federico II, found that those who ate a diet high in saturated fat struggled to control what they ate. Published in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, the study showed that saturated fats affected the part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which is the part that regulates hunger.
Carried out on rats, the experiment revealed that a diet high in saturated fats (found in lard, butter, and fried foods) reduced the cognitive ability to regulate hunger and control eating habits. However, upon consuming fish oil (an unsaturated fat), brain function was normal.
Professor Marianna Crispino and Professor Maria Pina Mollica from the University of Naples Federico II, who were part of the study, said, “The difference was very clear and we were amazed to establish the impact of a fatty diet onto the brain. Our results suggest that being more aware about the type of fat consumed with the diet may reduce the risk of obesity and prevent several metabolic diseases.”
What do you think? Will you be giving up butter for this reason? Tell us in the comments!