It's no secret that "good fats" are, well, good for you. But a new study from Harvard University suggests that the benefit of eating healthy, unsaturated fats is greater than previously thought—and that eating too much saturated or trans fats could up your risk of mortality significantly.
"This study is by far the most detailed and powerful examination of the relationship between different types of dietary fats and mortality," writes study author Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
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According to Science Daily, Hu and his team or researchers found that replacing saturated fats like butter, lard, and red meat fat with unsaturated, plant-based fats like olive oil, canola oil, and soybean oil can result in substantial, possibly life-changing health benefits.