UBCO researcher touts benefits of some dietary fats

Kelowna Capital News reported on UBCO research that shows animal fats have health benefits, while some commonly consumed vegetable oils result in gut inflammation and higher disease susceptibility.

Lead author and UBCO microbiologist Deanna Gibson said mice fed a corn-oil diet rich in Omega-6 fatty acids showed inflammation and damage in the gut and an olive oil-rich diet had a protective effect.

“Saturated fats aren’t toxic; they actually have the ability to promote healing,” Gibson said. “My recommendation of the ideal diet for those with, and without IBD, is to include olive oils, some saturated fats, and a little fish oil.”