Researchers from Harvard found that people who ate bad fats – especially trans fats –lowered their life expectancy. Researchers followed about 125,000 people over the course of 30 years. What they found was that, when measuring calorie intake, every 2% increase in the amount of trans fats that people ate corresponded with a 16% higher risk of early death.
However, they also found the more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats people consumed, the lower their risk of early death. This is why eating the right kind of fats is critical.
There are three main types of fats:
- Unsatured fats
- Saturated fats
- Trans fats
Unsaturated fats are the easiest for us to break down they allow enzymes to get in and break down the fat more easily. They occur in natural foods. There are good fats in olive oiland omega 3 and 6 families.
Saturated fats occur both naturally and chemically. Natural like avocados. Chemically like margarine. Do not cut out foods like avocados, whole milk, red meat, and cheese just because of the saturated fats.
Trans fats. Just plain terrible for you. Most are man made. They are difficult for your body to break down and they put your immune system into overdrive.