Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 8: Saturated Fat

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 8: Saturated Fat

In most areas of human health, whenever fish oils are beneficial, saturated animal fats are detrimental. Your bones are no exception. As shown by the results of a study of 14,850 men and women (part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III) the more saturated fat that is consumed every day, the weaker the bones of the hip become.14 The bone-weakening effects of saturated fatty acids may result from the tendency of this type of fat to increase inflammation, both locally within the hip and systemically throughout the body. This finding is in line with everything else that is known about saturated fats, which as a body of evidence encourages you to reduce your consumption of these generally unhealthy fats.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 9: Protein

References:
14. Corwin RL, Hartman TJ, Maczuga SA, Graubard BI. Dietary saturated fat intake is inversely associated with bone density in humans: Analysis of NHANES III. J Nutr 2006;136:159-165.