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The Dangers of Trans Fat and How to Avoid Them

November 12, 20232 min read

Natural trans-fat and artificial trans fats, also known as hydrogenated fats, have distinct origins and effects on our health. While natural trans-fat from animal gut bacteria digestion isn't a major concern, artificial trans fats, produced through hydrogenation of vegetable oils, pose serious health risks. In this article, we will explore why you should steer clear of trans fats and the foods that commonly contain them.

Understanding Trans Fat: Trans-fat interferes with insulin receptors, increasing the risk of insulin resistance and ultimately, type 2 diabetes. Substituting trans fats with healthier options can help reverse insulin resistance.

  1. Cholesterol Impact: Trans-fat is unique in its ability to raise bad cholesterol levels while lowering good cholesterol. This poses a significant risk to heart health.

  2. Artery-Clogging Effects: Trans fats clog arteries, leading to a higher likelihood of hypertension, stroke, heart attack, obesity, and fatigue. They are a major contributor to elevated triglyceride levels, a significant risk factor for heart disease.

  3. Addiction and Brain Health: Trans fats have an addictive quality, influencing the brain's reward center. Additionally, they cause inflammation in the brain, leading to cognitive decline, memory loss, and motor skill deterioration. Inflammation also hinders the production of essential Omega-3 fatty acids vital for optimal brain health.

Common Sources of Trans Fat: Be vigilant as trans fats are often concealed in various foods, including:

  • Margarine

  • Coffee creamer

  • Fried foods

  • Vegetable shortening

  • Vegetable oils (e.g., soybean and canola)

  • Packaged snacks like crackers, chips, cookies, donuts, and popcorn

Avoiding Trans Fat: To steer clear of trans fats, it's best to eliminate processed foods from your diet, as they are prevalent in most pre-packaged products. Note that in the United States, products can be labeled as "trans fat-free" if they contain less than 0.5 grams per serving. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even called for a global ban on trans fats due to their detrimental health effects.

Understanding the dangers of trans fats and making informed dietary choices is crucial for maintaining good health. By avoiding trans fats and opting for healthier alternatives, you can reduce the risk of various health issues.

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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