The Lancet study presented in Barcelona at the European Society of Cardiology Congress revealed some surprising results. Until now most health experts were against fats, advising everyone to cut down on them. However, this new research studied 135,000 adults from all around the globe and it proved that low-fat diets raise your chances of early death by 13% compared to those consuming a regular level of fat.
And even more surprisingly, having a diet with high levels of fat cut mortality by up to 23%. “Our data suggests that low fat diets put populations at increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” one of the researchers said. The researchers analyzed results from eighteen different countries, studying the eating patterns, the health levels and the death rates of the participants.
A balanced diet is key
According to the McMaster University researchers, people who cut out fats tend to replace them with carbohydrates and high level of carbohydrates can be very dangerous for the human body. “Loosening the restriction on total fat and saturated fat and imposing limits on carbohydrates when high to reduce intake to moderate levels would be optimal.” one of the researchers declared.
Therefore, the secret is balancing these two. According to this study, around 35% of calories should come from saturated fats.
Dr. Mahshid Dehghan, the Lead researcher also added that: “A high carbohydrate diet – greater than 60 per cent of energy – is associated with higher risk of mortality. Higher intake of fats, including saturated fats, is associated with lower risk of mortality.” Saturated fat can be found in red meat, butter, cheese, and other animal products of such. This is a major change because until now reducing the saturated fat consumption was recommended by all health organizations.