Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trans Fat Makes You Fat

Fast Foods are loaded with trans-fatty acids ( trans fats), which are the worst when you are trying to control your weight. Trans-fats are polyunsaturated oils loaded with hydrogen to preserve and harden them. High intake of trans fats increase the risk of heart disease and even some cancers. Commercially baked goods (doughnuts, cookies, crackers), fast foods, stick margarine, processed foods, and fried foods have high levels of trans fats. In a six year study, researchers at the Wake Forrest University Medical Center in North Carolina found that feeding monkeys trans fat ( 8% of caloric intake) increased abdominal fat 30 percent more than animals fed the same amount of calories, but containing no trans fats. The monkeys fed the trans fats gained weight by up to 7 percent, while the others gained only 2 percent. The trans fat monkeys also had higher sugar levels, which means they were insulin resistant.

Americans eat 12-14 percent of their calories as saturated fat and 2-3 percent as trans fatty acids. Nutritionist say that the goal should be a combined max intake of 10 percent of the total calories. People who 5 grams of trans fat per day increase their risk of heart disease by 25 percent!!!

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1 comment:

K said...

Thanks for the information on trans fat, Sara. That study was very interesting.

We recently wrote an article on the trans fat ban at Brain Blogger. As you may know, in California a trans fat has been banned after it was linked with diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and high levels of cholesterol, but what will be next to be banned? Would it be right to ban the consumption of food that is bad for you?

We would like to read your comments on our article. Thank you.