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This Type Of Fat Linked To Early Death (So Why Are You Still Eating It?!)
If you read mainstream news reports, health websites, and listen to your friends talk about what is good for you and what is not, it is easy to get confused.
Everything seems to be “low-fat” but if everyone is eating low-fat, why is everyone fatter than ever before? If fat is bad, why are people eating coconut oil? And butter?
We want to help clear things up a bit for you.
Let’s start with this: All fats are not created equal. Trans-fats are the kind of fats you should be avoiding — not natural, healthy fats like the kind in avocados, nuts, or coconut oil.
The American Heart Association released a report showing that the amount of trans-fats that Americans have been consuming over the past few years has declined, which is good thing, but we are still eating more than we should. Trans-fats are found in processed foods such as pies, cookies, breads, doughnuts, and pastries.
This report found that women were, on average, consuming about 1.7 percent of their total daily calories from trans-fats and men about 1.9 percent. The American Heart Association has said that we should consume a maximum of one percent of our daily calories from trans-fats.
Even the lackadaisical FDA has ordered the food industry to remove trans-fats from foods, calling them a terrible threat to the health of the American people.
As if this were not enough, McMaster University released a study showing that trans-fats are linked to heart disease and early death. This study was published in the British Journal of Medicine.
We have been told for many years that fat is bad for us, but the truth is that trans-fats are what are bad for us. These types of fats have absolutely no health benefits and pose a significant risk of heart disease.
This study looked at 50 different studies regarding saturated fats and trans-fats. The research team did not find any connection between saturated fats and heart disease. It did, however, find that the consumption of trans-fats was linked to a 34 percent increase in early death for any reason, a 28 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease, and a 21 percent increased risk of developing heart disease.
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