3. Saturated fats could shorten your life
Saturated fats, like those found in sausages, butter and cheese have been proven to raise levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. Why is this type of cholesterol so bad? Well, for a start, it worsens the risk of heart attack and stroke, which is why experts recommend it should make up no more than 10% of the diet of an adult aged over 50.
Research has found that consuming high amounts of saturated fat increases insulin sensitivity, which can lead to the development of diabetes. In one study, participants who ate high amounts of saturated fat elevated their insulin sensitivity by 12.5 %. Compare this with the participants who consumed monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, who lowered their levels by 8.8%!
The same study also showed that high levels of saturated fat increased the risk of cardiovascular disease – especially in people with elevated triglycerides and low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. Fat is a vital component of our diet, as our bodies need it to function efficiently – but if you’ve celebrated your fifth decade, you should reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat.
Adult males shouldn’t eat more than 30g of saturated fat daily, while women shouldn’t have more than 20g. Instead, opt for healthier unsaturated alternatives, like vegetable oils, nuts, avocados and oily fish – and select leaner cuts of meat, or trim off any excess fat.