Trans fats, or trans fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fats. They have become very popular for the production of fried foods, snacks and some baked goods (See: These Foods Could Contain Hidden Trans Fats).
“The American Heart Association recommends cutting back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet and preparing lean meats and poultry without added saturated and trans fat.”
Trans fats have been shown to clog your arteries and increase your risk for heart disease.
According to The American Heart Association, you can limit your daily intake of trans fats by reading the nutrition facts panel on foods and when you eat out, ask what kind of oil foods are cooked in. They also explain, it’s important to replace the trans fats in your diet with monosaturated or polyunsaturated fats.
Increase Risk for Heart Disease
According to Live Science, a recent review showed that “people who ate more trans fat were also 28 percent more likely to die from heart disease, and 21 percent more likely to develop heart disease, compared with people who ate smaller amounts of trans fats.”
Trans Fats Lower Your HDL (good) Cholesterol Levels
The consumption of trans fats have been proven to increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce HDL (good) cholesterol. This increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. (See: 6 Causes of High Cholesterol)
Increase Risk for Type-2 Diabetes
Trans fats may promote insulin resistance which ultimately increase the risk for type-2 diabetes. According to Authority Nutrition, “a large study of over 80,000 women found that those who consumed the most trans fats had a 40% higher risk of diabetes.”
Foods High in Trans Fats:
- Fried Foods
- Baked Goods
- Vegetable shortenings
- Some margarines, cookies, snacks and crackers