Though risk of death was lower, especially due to those two defined causes, the researchers did note that higher ALA intake was also associated with a slightly higher risk of cancer. Specifically, they found that there were 63 extra cancer deaths in the groups with the highest compared compared to the lower levels of ALA intake.
They also point out that, though many studies were considered, they were observational studies, which means it’s not possible to claim causality. So while there may be a link between higher ALA intake and lower risk of death, based on this data, researchers can’t say for certain that eating more foods with ALA will promote longevity.
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