A new study suggests that cooking oil that contains a lower percentage of saturated fats could help you stay healthier, even if you’re a vegetarian or vegan.
The study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that a diet rich in oils rich in monounsaturated fats, omega-3s, and unsaturated fats (for example, olive oil) could help prevent heart disease and cancer.
It also found that high consumption of saturated fat is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and type 2 hypertension.
But as with any diet, the amount of saturated and unsalted fats that you eat may be more important than the total number of calories.
To find out, the researchers compared the intake of foods and beverages from the U.S. and developed a food profile that included both saturated and non-saturated fat content.
They then compared those diets to the diet of the same people from a large, nationally representative sample of the U,C.
Berkeley students, who are all vegetarians or vegan, who were followed for 12 years.
The participants were divided into groups based on their total intake of dietary fat, saturated fat, and dietary cholesterol.
The results showed that the average dietary fat intake of vegetarian and vegan students decreased significantly from 3.4 to 2.6 grams per day over the course of the study, while the average saturated fat intake decreased from 1.4 grams per week to 0.6.
This difference in intake of saturated, unsaturated, and nonfat fats was also found in participants who did not consume any meat, poultry, or fish.
Vegetarians and vegans had the lowest saturated fat intakes, and those with the highest intake of nonfat dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and yoghurt, had the highest.
Researchers also found the association between low saturated fat consumption and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, while those who had a high intake of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) had a lower risk for these diseases.
The researchers say that it is important to keep in mind that the amount you eat, and how much you eat in a day, is an important factor.
For example, people who ate more saturated fats may also have a higher risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“Our findings suggest that a vegan diet and lifestyle is associated not only with lower overall fat intake but also with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetus, and diabetes.
In particular, high saturated fat diet is associated more strongly with coronary heart disease, stroke, and coronary artery disease than low saturated fatty acid intake, and is associated significantly with a reduced risk of diabetes and stroke,” said study author Dr. Mark Menezes, the director of the Division of Nutritional Biochemistry at the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at the UC Berkeley College of Medicine.
“As an advocate of a healthy diet and exercise, I encourage all vegetators and vegans to eat a low-sodium, high-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and moderate in fat, protein, and fiber.
This diet should include a diet of vegetables, grains, legumes, and whole grains, and should include low-fat dairy alternatives.”
The authors acknowledge funding from the National Institutes of Health.
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