Saturated and trans fats increase your risk of death from several conditions, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers continually monitored dietary fat intake and mortality for 83,349 women and 42,884 men from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, respectively. Those who consumed more saturated and trans fats increased their mortality risk from heart disease, cancer, and cognitive diseases when compared to those who consumed more unsaturated fats. These findings support recommendations to limit foods high in saturated fat, including animal products and vegetable oils, in favor of low-fat, plant-based foods.
- Wang DD, Li Y, Chiuve SE, et al. Association of specific dietary fats with total and cause-specific mortality. JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 5, 2016.