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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Saturated fat is vital to human health

This post includes a summary of a paper published in Lipids Volume 45, Number 10 941-946 and a recipe for clams with bacon and chilli butter.

Study title and authors:
The Complex and Important Cellular and Metabolic Functions of Saturated Fatty Acids
Philippe Legrand and Vincent Rioux

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

This paper is a review that summarizes recent findings on the metabolism and biological functions of saturated fatty acids (SFA). Some of these findings show that SFA may have important and specific roles in the cells. Elucidated biochemical mechanisms like protein acylation (giving us energy) and regulation of gene transcription (building proteins) are presented. SFA is also involved making polyunsaturated fatty acids more bioavailable and apoptosis (controlling cell death).

The variety of their functions demonstrates that SFA is vital to human health.

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Recipe of the day

Clams with Bacon and Chilli Butter

4 tablespoons butter, chilled
Fresh Littleneck Clams
Food Mall: Clams
1 red chilli, seeded and minced
2 shallots, finely chopped
pinch freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
3 rashers bacon
24 small clams

Preparation method
1. In a small bowl, mix together butter, chilli, shallots, black pepper and salt. Form the mixture into a ball shape, and securely wrap with cling film. Place in the freezer approximately 30 minutes, until firm but not solid.

2. Preheat the grill. Cook bacon until browned. Cut each slice into 8 pieces.

3. Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add clams and cook for 15 to 20 seconds or until open; drain and rinse.

4. Arrange clams on a medium baking tray. Top each with 1 piece of bacon. Distribute equal portions of the butter mixture onto each clam atop the bacon.

5. Checking often to avoid burning, grill the clams 2 to 3 minutes, until the butter mixture has melted and bacon is crisp.

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