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Saturated fat

Saturated fats are known for the negative impact they have on health by pushing up cholesterol levels in your body when you eat too many of them. Sources of saturated fat include biscuits, crisps and ready-made products. Animal products such as meat and full-fat dairy products are also high in saturated fat. The negative image of saturated fats has improved a little in recent years. That is because there is more to saturated fats than their unhealthy properties alone. They are also necessary to ensure the efficiency of processes in the liver, bowel and brain.

Saturated fat and your health

There are a number of health effects associated with consuming saturated fat.

Saturated fat increases the risk of a stroke

Too much saturated fat increases the risk of a high cholesterol level and may cause hardening of the arteries. These are risk factors for a stroke.

You should therefore limit your consumption of unhealthy fats and cook with olive oil and polyunsaturated fats, such as sunflower oil.

Saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases

A high consumption of saturated fat increases the risk of a high cholesterol level and may cause hardening of the arteries. These are risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases.

By replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat, you can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. You should therefore limit your consumption of unhealthy fats and cook with olive oil and polyunsaturated fats, such as sunflower oil.

Saturated fat increases the risk of ovarian cancer

There are indications that a diet that is high in (saturated) fat carries a higher risk of ovarian cancer. You should therefore try to ensure that you do not eat too many high-fat products.

Saturated fat increases the risk of prostate cancer

There are indications that a diet that is high in (saturated) fat carries a higher risk of prostate cancer. You should therefore try to ensure that you do not eat too many high-fat products.

iGene Passport

iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether eating less saturated fat may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.