Are polyunsaturated fats really as healthy as we think they are? That's the question scientists have been asking for a while now, with concerns that consuming too many polyunsaturated fats could lead to chronic inflammation. However, a scientific review(1) of 15 randomized controlled trials found no significant evidence to support this theory.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to current dietary recommendations. However, some experts believe that consuming too many of these fats could lead to chronic inflammation. This is because these fatty acids can prompt the synthesis of proinflammatory eicosanoids derived from arachidonic acid while inhibiting the synthesis of anti-inflammatory eicosanoids derived from eicosapentaenoic and/or docosahexaenoic acids.
To investigate this theory, scientists conducted a systematic review of 15 randomized controlled trials that assessed the impact of dietary linoleic acid on biologic markers of chronic inflammation among healthy non-infant populations. None of the studies reported significant findings for a variety of inflammatory markers, including C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, cytokines, or tumor necrosis factor-α.
The only significant outcome measures reported for higher linoleic acid intake were greater excretion of prostaglandin E2 and lower excretion of 2,3-dinor-thromboxane B2 in one study and higher excretion of tetranorprostanedioic acid in another. However, the authors of both studies observed that these effects were not an indication of increased inflammation.
So, what does this mean for us? The review suggests that adding more polyunsaturated fats to our diet may not increase the concentration of inflammatory markers, which is great news for people who consume these healthy fats as part of a balanced diet.
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