Stress Erases Benefits of Eating ‘Good’ Fats, Study Says

A new study reveals that stress may cancel out the benefits of a diet full of healthy fats.

Key takeaways:

  • Dietary fat is important for energy, protecting body organs, and keeping the body warm.
  •        Good fats are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats and can be found in foods like olive oil, nuts and fish. Saturated fats and trans fat are bad fats since they raise cholesterol levels.
  • Stress affects inflammation markers even in people who eat healthy fats. A less-healthy meal is going to have adverse effects on markers of inflammation.

She notes that research is increasingly pointing to reduced inflammation as a major benefit of eating healthier foods – including following the Mediterranean diet, which is higher in oleic acid from olive oil.

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