Replacing animal fats with plant-based foods decreases your risk for heart disease, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers followed 222,234 participants from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study I and II and monitored dietary fat intake and cardiovascular disease incidence rates. The results showed that replacing 5 percent of dairy fat with an equal amount of vegetable and polyunsaturated fats decreased heart disease risk by 10 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Researchers also observed a 28, 34, and 16 percent lowered risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, respectively, when participants replaced dairy fat with whole grains.
Chen M, Li Y, Sun Q, et al. Dairy fat and risk of cardiovascular disease in 3 cohorts of US adults. Am J Clin Nutr. Published online August 24, 2016.