…. And the Bad Fat

Last week, I covered a story on the good fats in your, diet meanwhile the Annals of Neurology published a study that determined indulgence in “bad” or saturated fats is not-so-good for your cognitive development.

In the past, fat in general was blamed for heart disease and the development of conditions of cognitive decline, such as dementia and Alzeheimer’s. On Thursday, the Annals of Neurology published a study pointing a finger exclusively at saturated fat. The study tracked more than 6,000 women for four years, controlling for health and socioeconomic factors, to determine that a diet high in saturated fat led to a 60 percent increase in risk of diseases associated with memory loss and reduced abstract thinking over time compared with those who consumed a more moderate diet. No increases in cognitive decline were observed in women consuming polyunsaturated fats and trans fats or with higher amounts of total fat from these groups.

This makes another case for understanding the “good” versus the “bad” fats in your diet and how to plan meals that will fuel your health for a lifetime.


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  1. […] Healthy fats. Thanks to the widespread ban of trans fat in foods, a majority of the population is aware just how bad these fats are for you, but do you know just how good unsaturated fats can be for you? A 2011 study published in the journal, PLoS One, reported that consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids decreases the risk of depression over time. Trans and saturated fats, on the other hand, have been linked to ischemic stroke, increased risk of depression and diseases of cognitive decline. […]

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