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Trans Fats: Health Risks, Sources and How to Avoid Them

Trans fat is a form of unsaturated fat that has been hydrogenated in order to make it more saturated. As a result, trans fat is more solid and stable at room temperature and less susceptible to spoilage than original unsaturated fat. Fats and oils are made up of glycerol (three-carbon sugar alcohol that forms the backbone of fatty acids) and fatty acids (long molecular chains of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen). They are stored in the […]

Health Effects of Different Types of Dietary Fats

Fat is one of three types of nutrients (along with protein and carbohydrates) that supply calories to the body. Oils are liquid fats and the two terms may be used interchangeably. In addition to being a major source of energy, fat provides numerous other benefits to the body such as protection and insulation. Fat is also involved in the processes that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, blood vessel constriction and the functions […]

Saturated vs Unsaturated Fat in Our Diet

We have heard it so many times that fat and cholesterol are bad for our health. Fat makes us overweight and may be linked to certain types of cancer. Too much cholesterol, on the other hand, can lead to a heart attack. However, there is good and bad news in this. Although we now have to worry about the kind of fat we eat, we do not need to eliminate every bit of it from […]

Trans Fats vs Common Sense Diet

There’s been a lot in the news in the past regarding the dangers of trans fats – something alternative docs have been preaching about for years. For anyone who’s not yet familiar with trans fats and how they contribute to everyone’s early demise, here’s a quick, incomplete overview (hopefully it scares you, it should!): Trans fats, also called partially hydrogenated oils are primarily made by chemical and heat conversion of vegetable oils. This is done […]

Trans Fats Linked to Increased Aggression

You must have heard a lot about trans fats, those most ‘shameful’ of all dietary fats, already. These unhealthy fats are industrially produced (they do not occur naturally) when vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated, creating a solid or semi-solid fat with an extended shelf life. These inexpensive fats are found in packaged snacks, deep-fried foods, baked goods, margarines and shortening. Even though being very much liked by the food industry, trans fats have a dark […]