What Are Trans Fats?
Trans fats are created when people convert liquid oil into solid fat. Trans fats are created through a process called hydrogenation. In this process, veggie oils get turned into solid fats by adding hydrogen atoms to them and through high-temperature exposure. Trans fats make food's shelf life and flavor last longer.
Well, that doesn't sound too bad. Why are people so avidly against trans fats?
When it comes to judging whether trans fats are bad for your health, it is wise to keep in mind that they are man-made. People mutating God's creation to provide qualities otherwise not present increased shelf life - should raise a red flag. If you are looking for healthy ways to lose weight, avoiding trans fat may be something to consider.
Trans Fats: What Are The Risks?
Clogged arteries: Trans fats are said to contribute to clogged arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. Trans fats are said to raise bad cholesterol levels, contributing to the building up of fatty plaque in arteries. Trans fats are also said to lower good cholesterol levels.
Diseases: It has also been thought that trans fats contribute to degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.
A Few Sources:
It is also interesting to note that the full health repercussions of the nickel, aluminum, and other metals used in the manufacturing process are not fully understood. You can find trans fats in many, many different foods: margarines, shortenings, fried foods, processed foods, snack foods, crackers, breakfast cereals, packaged cookies, microwave popcorn, and other baked and fried foods.
No Trans Fat
If you choose to avoid trans fat, be sure to investigate food labels that say no trans fat. A food product is allowed to state that it has no trans fat while containing up to 500mg of trans fat in its standard serving. Yikes!
I'll leave you with some food for thought from a quote: Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, states in his Top 12 Healthy Myths, This low-fat myth may have done more harm than any other dietary recommendation. The low-fat fad leads to increased consumption of trans-fats, which increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The bottom line is eating fat will not make you fat! The consumption of too much grain and too much sugar, particularly fructose, is what is fueling the obesity epidemic in America.
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