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People consuming them most omega-3 fatty acids vs least were 15% less likely to die over 26-32 yrs
Tuesday, November 01, 2016 4:35 pm Email this article
Men and women in the top one-fifth for consuming the most omega-3 fatty acids were 15% less likely to die over the next 26-32 years compared to the one-fifth of men and women consuming the least according to a study from researchers at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high amounts in foods such as flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, salmon, chia seeds, sardines, cod liver oil, mackerel, herring, butternuts, fresh basil, dried oregano, ground cloves, grape leaves, walnuts and walnut oil, anchovies and herring.
Subjects: 83,349 women followed for 22 years, 42,884 men followed for 26 years
The study investigated 83,349 women from the Nurses’ Health Study (July 1, 1980, to June 30, 2012) and 42,884 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (February 1, 1986, to January 31, 2012) who were free of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and types 1 and 2 diabetes at baseline.
“These findings support current dietary recommendations to replace saturated fat and trans-fat with unsaturated fats,” the authors of the study concluded.
Wang DD, Li Y, Chiuve SE, Stampfer MJ, Manson JE, Rimm EB, Willett WC, and Hu FB. Association of Specific Dietary Fats With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. JAMA Intern Med, 2016 Aug 1; 176(8): 1134-1145.
Author’s Contact Info
Daniel (Dong) Wang, MD, ScD
Department of Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
665 Huntington Ave., Bldg 2 Room 322
Boston, MA 02115 USA
Tel: (617) 634-9910
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