Do you know what trans fats are? How they could take your lives? The Department of Agriculture defines processed food as any raw agricultural products that have undergone any type of alteration from their natural state. This includes washing, cleaning, milling, cutting, chopping, heating, pasteurization, blanching, cooking, canning, freezing, drying, dehydrating, mixing, or packaging. And these foods are the ones that have trans fats.
Let's discuss these foods and how harmful they are in this blog. Read on!
It has been found by researchers and dieticians that trans fats are a double trouble for one’s heart health. They are toxic and are considered as the worst type of fat to eat. Also called trans-fatty acids or TFA, they raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol in the human body upon consumption. A diet laden with trans fats is popular among children and adults now-a-days and makes them prone to risk of heart disease, like a silent killer!
The rate of heart and blood vessel disease is directly proportional to the rate of trans fats in their diet or amount of trans fats eaten by them.
Trans fats are produced by an industrial process that makes partially hydrogenated oil that has solidified at room temperature. It is present in various food products such as cakes, pizzas, chocolates, pies, biscuits, breads, burgers, pastries, fried chicken etc. Trans fats are more solid, have more shelf life, and are more suitable for frying. It is unhealthier as compared to regular unsaturated fats. It also occurs naturally in food products from ruminant animals (such as milk, butter, cheese, meat products etc).
Good cholesterol are High Density Lipoproteins or HDL that are healthy for the body. These HDL pick up extra cholesterol and transport it to the body's liver for processing. Consuming trans fats lowers the body's HDL levels. Bad cholesterol are Low Density Lipoproteins or LDL that transport cholesterol throughout the body. As cholesterol builds up in walls of the body's arteries, these arteries become narrow, harden and reduce blood flow to the heart causing heart attacks and strokes. Thus, trans fats are said to be the bad fats for the body.
Let's join forces and pledge to avoid eating junk foods! Eat only healthy foods! SAY NO TO PACKAGED FOODS!
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