A new research shows that diets rich in mono-unsaturated fats from plants can reduce the risk of death from heart disease. This study made a comparison between this type of diets and the ones rich in mono-unsaturated fats from animals. The results of the study were published at the American Heart Association’ s Epidemiology and Prevention Sessions.
More Plans and Vegetables for Everyone
The researchers mentioned that their study shows the importance of mono-unsaturated fats from plants in our diets. So instead of cutting fats from our diet we should focus on eating more plants and vegetables. These types of fats are solid when refrigerated and liquid at room temperature. Some of these fats include olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
Sources of mono-unsaturated fats from animals are in red meat, eggs, and other full-fat dairy products. For this research, scientists compared data from 63,412 women and 29,966 men. These people participated in 2 studies. The women in the Nurses Health Study and the men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
Both studies used questionnaires to evaluate the diets of the participants. Although the results showed that these fats reduce the risk of death, the study was unable to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Researchers stated that the participants who had a higher intake of mono-unsaturated fatty acids from plants also had a 16% decreased risk of death compared to the participants who had lower intakes.
Fat Can Be Good
This study shows, once again that fat is an important part of our diet but it should come from plants and vegetables instead of animal’s products. These products (animal-based fats) can be part of our diets from time to time but not every day. In order to lower the risk of death and lead a healthier life, people should focus more on eating healthy and exercising regularly.