What are Trans Fats and Why They Are So Bad for You?

By First Posted: May 15, 2018 Tue 1:56 PM
What are Trans Fats and Why They Are So Bad for You?
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Do you know, what are Trans Fat and how does it impact your body? Well, Trans fats or trans fatty acids, are a form of unsaturated fat. Unlike soaking fats, which have no double bonds, unsaturated fats have at least one double bond in their chemical structure. Trans fats are not good for your body as it increases your bad cholesterol levels and lowers your good cholesterol levels. Eating Trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

As research on hydrogenated vegetable oils, their shortcomings became seeming. Trans fats can increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and also lowers the “good” HDL cholesterol, whose function is to mop up excess fat hindering in the blood. Removing Trans fats from your diet can boost heart health. When it comes to Trans fats, there appears to be no safe amount (especially when it comes to heart health), so even small amounts are a concern. This is why Trans fats have been banned by WHO long back in most of the countries.

To complicate efforts to avoid these fats, the FDA has made a special exception, allowing food companies to petition to use partially hydrogenated oils as additives and in other specific applications. So, make sure that your consumption of Trans fats is reduced to minimal.

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