Explaining Trans Fats
Just about every magazine article, show and diet book is jumping on the band wagon about trans fats. Most of the commercials you see now will mention that their product has Zero trans fat, or 50% less trans fat. But do you even know what trans fat is and how it effects your dieting and your body?? Well we are going to try and explain as best we can exactly what it is and why you need to watch out for it and read your labels.
You see these statements on all kinds of food products on the grocery shelves. They’re literally everywhere, but I don’t see any explanations telling me what trans fat is, do you?
To be honest, the awareness of the trans fat phenomenon almost came out of nowhere. All of a sudden we were getting slapped over the head with the importance of trans fats being removed from the majority of our favorite foods, but why?
Well, to end the insanity that is the whole “avoid trans fats like the plague” hysteria that’s out there, I’m going to explain what trans fats are and why you should avoid them.
Trans fats are one of the four main types of fats that the body absorbs through foods, mainly foods cooked with hydrogenated oils.
Trans fats are great for the manufacturer because they help to preserve the shelf life of some products, but they can wreck havoc on the body. Whenever you eat foods that are high in trans fats, they damage the body at the cell level and that makes it very hard for the cells to process things like sodium, potassium, calcium, and even magnesium. It also weakens the body and leaves a very vulnerable to free radicals and it can even make some health conditions worse, like cancer, arthritis, and primarily, heart disease.
As a matter of fact, trans fats do the most damage to the body by raising the level of bad cholesterol that your body keeps in its system. By raising the levels of bad cholesterol in your body, you and I are increasing our chances of getting heart disease in the future, or, if you already have a heart disease of some kind, then trans fats will make it worse.
Now is the time to shift away from frying so many foods that you eat to trying other forms of cooking your foods that don’t require as much cooking oil as other foods do. You’ll start to see a lot of people that will grill, steam, poach, or even braise their food to cut back on cooking with oil so much.
That’s the main reason why you and I have seen so many labels on food products stating how much trans fat food products contain in them. To be more health conscience, we all need to shift away from so much fried food that puts trans fats into our body and move to healthier ways of cooking our favorite foods so that we can avoid the problems that come along with trans fat.
This article entitled “Dieting For Weight Loss Trans Fats Explained” is not medical advice. It should not be used as or substituted as medical advice; from a medical professional. This article is for informational purposes only.