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March 2016 Issue

Healthy Fats and Whole Grains Cut Heart Disease

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats, specifically, polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), the kind found in walnuts, corn oil, sunflower oil, and fatty fish, and/or whole grains, may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Researchers evaluated data from 4,628 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and 42,908 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and found that higher intakes of PUFAs and whole grains significantly reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease compared to individuals who consumed the lowest amounts. Replacing five percent of caloric intake from saturated fat with the equivalent intake from PUFAs, monounsaturated fats (found in olives, peanuts, and avocado), or whole grains reduced cardiovascular disease risk by 25 percent, 15 percent, and 9 percent, respectively.

- The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, October 2015