Trans Fats occur naturally at low levels in some foodstuffs, to include meat and dairy products. The consumption of such Trans Fats pose no risk to us as individuals. It is, however, those artificial Trans Fats which are the problem, and a potentially fatal problem at that. It’s also really bad in regards to losing weight.
Artificial Trans Fats are formed through a chemically altering process, known as hydrogenation. This type of fat can be used for frying or as an ingredient in processed foods, to include biscuits, cakes, pastries and junk foods. Artificial Trans Fats are often used to bulk up foods, to increase their shelf life and to increase their palatability. Avoid these foods at all times, instead add good foods to your diet so you’ll lose weight in a healthy way.
Artificial Trans Fats have no nutritional value whatsoever but can raise cholesterol levels in the blood, and therein lies the potentially fatal problem. High cholesterol levels substantially increase an individual’s chance of suffering from heart disease and other life threatening conditions to include a heart attack or a stroke. Heart disease is for all intent purposes a build up of fat deposits on the arteries, resulting in a restriction of the flow of blood to the heart. Although sometimes hereditary, heart disease is far more likely to be found in individuals who have a high blood pressure, suffer from high cholesterol, are physically inactive, are diabetic or smoke.
The Possible U Turn
It is therefore of the uppermost importance that you as an individual reduce your intake of such artificial Trans Fats as a general rule, and you may find the following helpful in this regard:
- Look out for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats or oils on food labelling, and avoid such food stuffs;
- Avoid adding saturated fats to your diet
- Opt for liquid vegetable oil when frying foods;
- Try to include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet on a daily basis;
- Switch to fat free or low fat dairy products;
- Limit your consumption of biscuits, cakes and pastries; and
- Refrain from eating fried foods whilst eating out, where at all possible.
Artificial Trans Fats really are the “ugly” fats, and should be avoided at all costs. The alternative really isn’t worth thinking about!