Saturated Fats May Increase Inflammation

High levels of saturated fat in the blood may cause a person to be more prone to inflammation and tissue damage. Investigators examined mice with unusually high levels of saturated fat in their blood to see if they were more prone to tissue damage than mice in a control group. The results led investigators to conclude that maintaining high levels of saturated fats by constantly snacking on cakes, biscuits, and pastries may cause monocytes (a type of white blood cell) to migrate out of the blood and into surrounding tissues, leading to an inflammatory response and possible tissue damage. The results support the view that excessive consumption of saturated fat can be detrimental to your health. 

Cell Reports, September 2015


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