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Trans Fat Is Unhealthy

Monday, 10 March 2014 01:00 AM

Some states have issued a ban on the use of trans fat in restaurants and bakeries—but the war is still on. This inexpensive and doubly unhealthy fat is used in so many food items these days that it has become a part of our daily diet. A diet rich in trans fats can lead to high LDL levels and can negatively affect the functioning of the heart.
Trans fats are found naturally in some animal products like lard or butter; but using them in foods can be expensive to food industry owners. So, they resort to inexpensive alternatives to these expensive trans fats, which are processed by chemically adding extra hydrogen to liquid oil. This saturates the oil, which turns into a solid form of fat to be used in large-scale cooking. Though trans fats add good texture and an enjoyable taste, they are very unhealthy for the human system, especially to the heart. Margarine or Crisco added to industry-manufactured food items are forms of trans fat. We must be especially watchful of our diet, since trans fat are capable of increasing the cholesterol levels in our body, thus affecting the heart.
  • Your body does not know how to metabolize the trans fats, which is then added as fat in the body. Trans fats also increase the bad cholesterol (low density lipoproteins or LDL) and decrease the levels of good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein or HDL) in the blood. High LDL causes much harm to the heart. Hence, a healthy diet sans trans fats is a must to keep the heart healthy.
  • Trans fats can also be gained from natural sources but their effect on body cholesterol levels and the functioning of the heart are under evaluation. Synthetic trans fats are much unhealthier mainly because of their synthetic nature, and the excessive amounts of these that are present in industry-manufactured food items or bakery products. Including them in excess to your diet can adversely affect your heart.
  • Maintaining high HDL and low LDL is good for the body. This good cholesterol can be obtained by the consumption of trans fats from natural sources. But again, the amount should be limited in our daily diet, as overconsumption can affect the cholesterol levels badly.
  • HDL is the good cholesterol in the body that acts as lubricant in the body. However, due to trans fats, the amount of HDL decreases and high LDL can lead to severe consequences including heart diseases.
Keeping an eye on your cholesterol levels is essential to keep the heart healthy and properly functioning—high LDL prevents both these from happening. Hence, it is wise to exclude trans fats from the diet. When the daily diet or daily calorie consumption is considered, health organizations advocate only 1 percent of daily calorie consumption to come from trans fats. Following such guidelines can help keep check of the cholesterol levels.

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The CDC, FDA, and American Heart Association all have been conducting research on limiting the use of trans fat in food because of its known and proven ill effects to our health, especially the heart. It increases bad cholesterol levels in the body.
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