Research shows that healthy fats can be essential for a strong mind and body. Trans fats should be eliminated from your diet.
This type of unsaturated oil, trans-unsaturated or trans fatty acid, became a common ingredient in everyday foods during the 1950s. The rise of fast food restaurants, the industrial production of margarine, and the fried packaged snack products were all factors that contributed to this. It was praised for its physical properties, such as melting at the right temperature, a longer shelf life, and being healthier than animal-derived oils.
Trans fats can be both natural and synthetic. The first is found in meats, dairy products, and animal-derived foods. The second is produced industrially by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil. This “improvement,” however, keeps the oil solid.
These are inexpensive, easy to make, last for an extended period, and can be used several times. It’s no wonder that fast-food outlets still use this poison.
Why is trans fat bad for you?
Whether naturally-found or artificially produced, the effects of trans fat on your health are highly damaging. They increase LDL (called “bad cholesterol”) while lowering HDL.
Trans fats are linked to coronary artery diseases (CAD) and systemic inflammation. The risks do not stop there. Trans fats are also linked to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and liver dysfunction. They are also associated with Alzheimer’s, cancer, acne, depression, irritability, and acne.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, trans fatty acid consumption risks consumers a few diseases and offers no benefits. There is no safe dose.
Trans fats are harmful to your health.
Avoiding this poisonous food is as easy and healthy as avoiding all prepackaged and processed food, fast foods, and most bakery products. Focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and other healthy foods is the best way to avoid this poison.
It is also healthier (and cheaper) to get involved in home cooking as much as possible. Eating at home is more beneficial, whether in a fast food restaurant or not. You will have a better relationship with food and your body in general.
You can also control your ingredients when you cook by yourself. You will have more freedom to experiment and try healthy versions of your favorite foods, whether pastries, pies, or cakes.
If you want to indulge your guilty pleasures, limit them to only a few, and save the rest for special occasions or when you travel for convenience.
Check the nutrition label before buying any prepackaged snacks or meals. Trans fats should not exceed 0mg per serving.