|TRANS FATS-BIG TROUBLE|
According to this recent research published in the journal Circulation 2007;115, coronary heart disease (CHD) is another health problem associated with consumption of trans fats. CHD, also known as coronary artery disease, is the development of damage to the heart from the gradual loss of blood flow and oxygen. This disease often underlies a sudden heart attack and is a common cause of 'sudden death'.
Years ago when I would talk to my patients about trans fats it they felt they were just another in the series of 'fat is bad for you'. Unlike the mistake made by the conventional medical establishment regarding eating margarine instead of butter, trans fats will never be nutritionally desirable. Canada is considering outlawing it all together. The city of New York recently passed a bill that restricts the use of artificial trans fats in New York restaurants.
If you're not familiar with trans fats from my past blogs and newsletters they are used to extend the shelf life of baked goods and the reuse of frying oil. They are commonly found in junk food like donuts, hamburgers, and French fries, and most packaged foods. Besides CHD, trans fats cause inflammation and disrupt cholesterol metabolism.
In this study, women with the highest amount of trans fats in their diet had a 300% greater risk of coronary heart disease. According to the US Dept. of Agriculture trans fats make up 2-3% of calories in the average American's diet.
It's pretty easy to greatly reduce your trans fat consumption. Remove all hydrogenated oils from your diet. Don't eat deep fried foods. When you read food labels, look for NO TRANS FATS. This is more accurate than 0 grams trans fats. By law, if a serving of food contains less than 1 gram of trans fats the label can say 0 grams trans fats. This is a blatant misdirection. Don't be fooled.
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