This Type Of Fat Linked To Early Death (So Why Are You Still Eating It?!)

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How do you know if you are eating trans-fats? Look on the label — if it says your product contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or hydrogenated vegetable oil, and then you are eating trans-fats.

You will not find hydrogenated fats in butter, eggs, dairy products, or milk.  These foods do contain saturated fats, but there have been no studies showing that these types of fats are linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

In June 2015, the Obama administration ordered food companies to begin to phase out these trans-fats over the next three years, since there have been numerous studies showing that processed trans-fat foods go hand in hand with heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and early death.

Australia is also is trying to limit or stop the consumption of trans-fats. The Australian Heart Foundation has been calling for labeling foods that contain trans-fats and phasing out these dangerous types of fats for many years.

 

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Governments around the world have known that trans-fats are harmful to our health by drastically increasing the LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body and lowering the good cholesterol in our blood, which ultimately increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and early mortality.

Trans-fats are made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oils, and these oils are used in food products either as a source of fat , such as using hydrogenated vegetable oil, instead of butter, when making cakes, or by frying foods in them, such as French fries.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee did not include a recommendation for total fat consumption in the 2015 technical report that was issued, since authors of this paper could not agree on recommendations for saturated fat consumption due to conflicting reports. The authors of this report believe that they will emphasize fat quality, such as consuming more butter and eggs, rather than on total fat consumption.

No matter how you look at it, any new dietary guidelines should carefully consider the health effects of trans-fats and saturated fats in future issues, rather than focus on “fat” as a general subject.

You would be wise to eliminate or remove trans-fats from your diet to avoid the health complications that arise from these types of foods.

References:

Newswise.com

Bmj.com

Newsroom.heart.org

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