Good fats are again making news this week. They can be found in certain foods you should be eating more of, especially in place of those saturated, trans and animal fats. Exciting new research shows a possible connection between consuming more vegetable fats and a lower risk of dying from prostate cancer or from other causes after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Where do vegetable fats come in?
Vegetable Fats and Prostate Cancer
According to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine and conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, men who had already been diagnosed with non-metastic prostate cancer could improve their chance of survival by more than 25 percent by consuming more vegetable fats. The men were 29 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer and 26 percent less likely to die from any other cause throughout the duration of the study.
How did they do it? These men replaced 10 percent of all the carbohydrates they consumed in a day with vegetable fats, documenting their daily meals and snacks. The data for the study came from one originally conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health from 1986 to 2010, which involved more than 51,000 men. Researchers followed about 4,577 of those men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in its early stages. Age, weight, diet, height, medication, physical activity and whether or not the man was a smoker were all factors taken into account during the study.
While not a guaranteed treatment for men with prostate cancer, it's a step in the right direction.
Why It Works
The fats the researchers pointed out are those that come from nuts and seeds like flax, almonds and walnuts, oils like olive oil, vegetable oil and flaxseed oil and fruits and vegetables like avocados. These fats are unsaturated fats and provide many nutritive benefits to the body, including anti-inflammatory actions and antioxidant benefits, helping to fight off pathogens, free radicals and toxins that can damage the body and cause illness or infection. Inhibiting inflammation and free radical damage could prevent the cancer from becoming a more lethal while also keeping their immune system strong.
Swapping out animal fats as well as saturated fats and trans fats is the way to go for your overall health even if you don't have cancer, prostate cancer or another serious medical condition, which has been well documented. Healthy fats, especially omega-3s, are also known to support a healthy heart as well as the joints, brain and the entire central nervous system.
Getting More Healthy Fats Into Your Diet
If you're interested in making the switch to take advantage of these benefits, there are countless simple ways to get more of these healthier fats into your diet:
Use olive oil to roast, bake and saute instead of butter or lard.
Substitute mashed avocado for mayonnaise.
Spread a whole, organic nut butter onto your morning toast.
Snack on whole nuts instead of potato chips.
Add ground flax seeds or chia seeds to a smoothie for breakfast.
Switch to vinaigrette salad dressings made with vegetable oil instead of creamy versions.
You don't need to eat pound after pound of these healthy fats each day to get the benefits. Remember, it was just 10 percent -- you can do that! If you're currently being treated for prostate cancer, your doctor can help you develop the right diet and treatment plan for success.
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