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Boost Your ERA with Healthy Fats

Boost Your ERA with Healthy Fats

Heading into the 2016 season, Kansas City Royal’s Wade Davis was the best relief pitcher around. His ERA was 0.97 in 139 1/3 innings! But inflammation in his forearm halted his amazing performance just before the July All-Star break. And inflammation can bench even the strongest of you too.

If you’re eating inflammation-inducing trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils found in cookies and cakes) and saturated fats (in dairy, lard and red meat), a study that included more than 126,000 participants from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, says you’re risking premature death. But you’ll find great relief if you switch to healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats (olive and canola oil, for example).

Mounds of bad news on bad fats: Every 2 percent increase in consumption of trans fat was associated with a 16 percent higher chance of premature death during the study period. And compared with intake of the same number of calories from carbohydrates, every 5 percent increase in saturated fat intake was associated with an 8 percent higher risk of overall mortality. That’s two strikes against you.

A fast pitch for good fats: Eating lots of polyunsaturated (safflower, grapeseed) and monounsaturated fats (olive oil) significantly lowered overall mortality during the study period. Replacing just 5 percent of calories from saturated fat with calories from poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids was associated with mortality reductions of 27 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Think what replacing even more of that bad fat could do for your ERA (earned RealAge)!

Medically reviewed in October 2018.

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