It’s curious that France and Switzerland, two countries with populations known for their high saturated fat consumption, have low rates of heart disease (less than half that of the United States). These countries also have low obesity rates compared to the United States, where 2 out of 3 people are overweight and 1 out of 3 are obese. (source: Adult Obesity, Harvard School of Public Health)
It’s also curious that these countries were left out of the 1950s ‘Seven Countries Study’ that introduced the notion that saturated fat was to blame for heart disease. More than 50 years later, the ‘saturated fat is bad’ mantra lives on. (More about Dr. Ancel Benjamin Keys and the ‘Seven Countries Study in this Wall Street Journal article.)
It was a conversation with a friend about eating chicken skin that got me to thinking about this. I said it was delicious, he said it was ‘deadly.’
I don’t believe it is.