Here's a Q&A on how my thinking on saturated fat has recently evolved. A scientific analysis of 21 recent studies has shown that there is "no significant evidence" that saturated fat in the diet is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
However, I don't advise eating saturated fat with abandon, because the foods that are full of it (salty bacon, conventionally raised beef, processed cheese) are often not the best for our health. Try to limit it to about ten percent of daily calories. You may choose to use your "budget" of saturated fat calories on ice cream, butter or high-quality natural cheese, or even an occasional steak (from organic, grass-fed, grass-finished cattle, please).
How do you choose to spend your saturated fat "budget?"