It looks like the conventional wisdom was really, really wrong. A new study from the National Institutes of Health reveals that a high fat diet–especially one high in saturated fat–increases good cholesterol and decreases bad cholesterol. But still, isn’t it bad for your heart? Not so much. “Annals of Internal Medicine review of 72 studies and hundreds of thousands of subjects found no strong evidence that saturated fat causes heart disease,” reports Men’s Journal.
People still have a hard time believing fat isn’t a killer. Fat has been a bad word for half a century in the health field, and its reputation probably won’t change overnight. But it looks like you can start piling on the butter. Just don’t put the butter on a bagel–carbs set you up for failure, making your body a mini sugar manufacturing plant. And forget about your heart for a second and consider your vanity alone: in study after study, people on high fat-diets lose more weight than people on low-fat diets.