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Eating More Healthy Fats Could Save Almost 1 Million Lives Each Year

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A new study out this week found that eating more healthy fats could prevent almost a million deaths from heart disease worldwide each year. These healthy fats are found in plants, fish, nuts, seeds, and other foods. The number of deaths resulting from an insufficient consumption of these healthy fats is roughly three times greater than the number of deaths attributed to consuming excess amounts of saturated fats, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers at Tufts University used data collected in 2010 from 186 countries to reveal three major conclusions: (1) 711,800 heart disease deaths across the globe were attributed to consuming too little omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (2) 250,900 heart disease deaths were attributed to eating too many saturated fats, and (3) 537,200 heart disease deaths were attributed to consuming too many trans fats.

What does this mean for you? We would all be a lot better off if our diets had fewer unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats and more healthy fats like polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat.

Take action: Roughly 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That's 1 in every 4 deaths, but you can beat the odds by learning from our ASME-nominated in-depth master class on fat. There, you'll find the best of fat's culinary uses with sound nutritional advice from our resident nutrition editor Sidney Fry, MS, RD. Fear not these fats: With our help, you'll see it's easy to replace unhealthy fats with good ones.

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