Harvard’s women’s health initiative showed that the incidence of endometriosis is reduced up to 48% with a higher intake of omega 3 fatty acids. The incidence was much higher with a diet high in trans fatty acids. The same findings have been found for cardiovascular and auto-immune diseases. Common sources of trans fatty acids are French fries, margarine, and crackers. The risk was slightly higher for those who ate diets very high in animal fats. The total amount of fat was not a factor.
See Family Practice news (click here), May 15, 2010, p. 44.