Health Tips: What Is Trans Fat And Why Is It So Dangerous
- Yash Lakhan
Updated : September 27, 2022 17:09 IST
This form of unsaturated fat, also known as trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, became a standard everyday food item in the 1950s, with the emergence of fast food restaurants.
More and more studies show that healthy fats are critical for a keen mind and a robust body. But it's also apparent that trans fat items should be eliminated from your diet for good. This form of unsaturated fat, also known as trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, became a standard everyday food item in the 1950s, with the emergence of fast food restaurants and widespread industrial manufacture of margarine and fried packaged snacks. It was hailed for its appealing physical features, such as melting at a desirable temperature, having a longer shelf life, and being presumably healthier than animal-derived fats.
There are both naturally occurring and man-made trans fats. The former is created in ruminant guts and can be found in animal-derived goods such as meats and dairy, although in minute amounts. The latter, on the other hand, is manufactured industrially by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils. This "improvement" helps to keep the oils solid. They are simple to make, inexpensive, endure a long time, and may even be reused for deep-frying multiple times. It's no surprise that it's a secret poison that most fast-food businesses still use.
Reality Of Trans Fat
Trans fat is extremely harmful to your health, whether it is naturally occurring or intentionally made. They raise your LDL (commonly referred to as "bad cholesterol") while decreasing your HDL (typically referred to as "good cholesterol"). The most serious health hazards associated with trans fats include coronary artery disease (CAD) and systemic inflammation. However, the dangers do not end there. Trans fat consumption has also been related to Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver dysfunction, female infertility, depression, irritability, and acne. According to The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), trans fatty acids put consumers at risk of acquiring a number of ailments while providing no benefits. As a result, there is no suggested dose that is safe to use.
Tips To Reduce Trans Fat Consumption
To avoid this stealthy toxin, the simplest and healthiest option is to avoid all processed and prepared foods, fast food, and most bakery goods from your diet. You can't go wrong by eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Also, becoming interested in and immersing yourself in the joys of home cooking as much as possible will be more healthful (and less expensive!) than continually dining out, whether in fast food places or not. It will enhance your relationship with food and your overall relationship with your body.
Cooking for oneself also allows you to keep track of your ingredients. This will allow you to experiment with healthier versions of your favourite foods, even if they are pastries, pies, and cakes. However, if you must indulge in your factory-produced guilty pleasures, keep them to a minimum and save them for those few special occasions or when travelling for convenience. Check the nutritional value label whenever you buy a packed snack or meal. Trans fats should be zero milligrammes per serving.
Foods To Avoid
• Fast foods
• Spreads like low-quality peanut butter or margarine spreads
• Crispy foods include crackers, cookies, and potato and corn chips.
• Fried dishes including nuggets, onion rings, and fried chicken
• Sausage rolls and meat pies
• dairy-free creamers
• cake frosting in a can
• Plant-based shortening
• Pizza dough, cookie dough, and frozen pie crusts
• Donuts, pies, and pastries
• Several types of microwaveable popcorn
• Several margarine variants and inferior vegetable oils