HealthTrans fats, a dangerous ingredient in your daily diet could lead to serious health risks

Trans fats, a dangerous ingredient in your daily diet could lead to serious health risks

We can find trans fats in popular products.
We can find trans fats in popular products.
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1:38 PM EST, January 12, 2024

Trans fats are unsaturated fatty acids composed of trans-type chemical bonds. Naturally occurring trans fats can be found in animal products such as milk, cream, butter, fatty cheese, and meat. Additionally, these fats can form during food processing when vegetable oils harden and transition from liquid to solid.

Understanding Trans Fats: Origin and Properties

Both industrially-produced and naturally-occurring trans fats can negatively impact our health. Excess trans fats in the diet can increase the levels of harmful LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream and potentially reduce the levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol in the body. As a result, disrupted lipid metabolism, one of the primary risk factors for developing atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, can occur. It's important to note that high consumption of trans fats can also contribute to the accumulation of excess fatty tissue and the development of insulin resistance.

How to Avoid Trans Fats

Most trans fats can be found in deep-fried and highly processed foods. The most significant sources of these harmful fats include fast foods, sweet bakery products, pre-made sauces, powdered soups, deli products, chips, processed cheese, and processed meats. It's worth noting that foods containing trans fats often have high levels of sugar and salt, refined grains, saturated fats, and other harmful additives.

When shopping, it's critical to read the ingredient list on labels or packaging, especially when buying the aforementioned food items. It's particularly important to avoid foods listed as containing "partially hydrogenated fat," as this is a common source of harmful trans fatty acids.

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