Trans Fats: Eliminate This Dangerous Food To Protect Your Heart
For decades, saturated fats such as animal fats, coconut oil and palm oil, have been maligned as artery clogging agents. And we have become excessively obsessed about reducing fat intake to the detriment of our health and well-being. We opt for low fats products and fall for the clever advertising of food companies that market artificial fats as health promoting alternatives.
After years of bad mouthing saturated fats, the medical community was stumped by a 2010 study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showing no conclusive link between saturated fats to either heart disease or stroke.(3) There have been other studies vindicating saturated facts but this was a very extensive and thorough study involving nearly 350,000 subjects. The true culprits of heart diseases are unnatural trans fats. Moderate amounts of natural saturated fats are actually needful for optimal health.
A recent talk by author and radio host Mr Edwin Low at the Singapore Cancer Prevention Society helped debunked certain myths surrounding saturated fats and exposed trans fats as the true villain. Trans fats are unnatural oils that the body cannot recognize or metabolize.
Trans Fat: Heart Attack In A Box
Trans fats or trans fatty acids have been termed “heart attack in a box” and are likely the most unhealthy foods in the world. Trans fats do not exist in nature. They are altered foods manufactured by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils, turning them into solid oils, such as shortening and margarine. This process is called hydrogenation and that is why trans fats are also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Hydrogenated vegetable oils are known to increase levels of “bad” cholesterol while reducing levels of “good” cholesterol. They cause digestive disorders and hinder the absorption of essential vitamin and minerals. They contribute to clogged arteries and increase the risk of both heart attack and stroke. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared that trans fats are no longer safe to eat.(1) They also disrupt the cellular function of the body, undermining immunity and causing degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancers and obesity. A long term study by Harvard School of Public Health found a startling link between trans fats and infertility in women.(2)
How to avoid trans fats
Unfortunately, transfats or hydrogenated vegetable oils are present in countless processed foods and confectioneries. Shoppers often fall for advertisements that claim that margarine made from vegetable oil is healthier than traditional foods such as butter or tropical oils. However, the good news is that food manufacturers are required to state the amount of trans fats in their products. Hence read food labels carefully to eliminate this ingredient from your diet. As far as possible, prepare your own food from fresh ingredients and use healthy oils such as coconut oil and cold pressed olive oil.
Benefits of good health fats
Good fats from healthy oil provide essential fatty acids which are nutrients that the body need for optimal health. Essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids support brain health as well as regulate proper thyroid and adrenal activity. They play a role in thinning your blood to prevent blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and stroke. They also aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and promote good skin and hair.
Coconut oil is a highly recommended health food that has many benefits. It is a tropical oil that is readily available here in Asia. It has been observed that people of the Pacific Islands and Asia who eat a traditional diet high in coconut are free from cardiovascular disease cancers and other chronic conditions. Start cutting out trans fats and include healthy fats into your diet today.
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(2) Dietary fatty acid intakes and the risk of ovulatory infertility by Chavarro JE1, Rich-Edwards JW, Rosner BA, Willett WC.
(3) Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease by Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu, and Ronald M Krauss