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Why Are Trans Fats Bad For You (Know What Experts Say)

Why Are Trans Fats Bad For You

Processed fats also known trans fats are the worst kind of fat for your body. However, now that many countries and food manufacturers have finally wised up to this fact, you can see the number of trans fats in food items reducing. Read on as we explore what trans fats are and why they are bad for you.

What Experts Say About Trans Fats

Several decades ago scientists discovered saturated fats in our diets, including butter and lard, tend to increase the risk of heart disease by increasing the amount of LDL cholesterol in our blood.

As a result, food chemists developed a fat that would have some of the same desirable properties as saturated fats.

They turned their attention to unsaturated fats which generally decrease LDL cholesterol.

The scientists changed the molecular make up of these fats via partial hydrogenation resulting in the creation of trans fat. These fats and oil substitutes were accepted as ingredients in many of our favorite foods such as bakery products, margarine and dressings—providing many benefits such as extended shelf life and desirable texture.

Trans fats can be found in many processed foods and hydrogenated vegetable oils. They have been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death from coronary heart disease.

Trans fats can raise your LDL cholesterol levels and lower your HDL cholesterol in the bloodstream. Trans fats also raise the risk of heart diseases by increasing the amount of bad particles on top of reducing your good cholesterol levels.

Why Are Trans Fats Bad For You (Know The Reasons)

Trans fats are bad for you because:

1. Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

When children eat more commercially prepared foods such as cakes, cookies, pop tarts, breaded chicken and fish, microwave popcorn—than fruits, vegetables, and whole grain, they increase their risk of developing heart disease at an earlier age. Generally a person gets heart disease later in life, but more and more children are beginning to show early signs of heart disease such as high blood cholesterol.

Increased intake of trans fat (>1% of total energy intake) is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease mortality and events. Trans fat intake is responsible for nearly 500,000 premature deaths from coronary heart disease each year around the world.— WHO.int

2. Building up of Bad Cholesterol

Trans fats not only raises LDL cholesterol but also decreases HDL cholesterol. Build up of trans fats in the blood vessels may lead to atherosclerosis.

3. Inflammation

Trans fats causes inflammation of blood vessels increasing the risk of clot formation which can trigger cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke.

4. Risk of Breast Cancer

Recent studies have shown an association between trans fats and increased risk of invasive breast cancer.

A seven-year study conducted by the french component of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition followed almost 20,000 women who completed diet histories and provided blood samples. In analyzing the results, scientists calculated that trans fats were associated with 75% increase in invasive breast cancer risk.

5. Risk of Prostate Tumor

In a study, Harvard researchers followed 15,000 men over 13years. Findings suggested that high intakes of trans fats may raise the risk of non-aggressive
prostate tumors by nearly 100%.

However, trans fats do not appear to be linked to risk of aggressive prostate tumor growth.

Takeaway

Trans fats in processed foods turn out to be bad and unhealthy for you when eaten in high amounts.

High intakes of foods containing trans fats increases risk of heart problems and other health complications.

It is always important to check food labels and nutrition facts before buying any processed foods.

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