Trans Fat Much Worse for You Than Saturated Fat

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July 21, 2001 | 69,844 views

This study measured the effect of trans fat, found in fried foodsand processed foods such as cookies, crackers and pastries, andof saturated fat, found in meat, butter and some dairy products,on blood vessel function and cholesterol levels.

According to the results, the trans-fatdiet reduced blood vessel function by 30% and lowered HDL ("good")-cholesterollevels by about one fifth, compared with the saturated-fatdiet. Previous research has shown that trans fats, like saturatedfats, also raise LDL ("bad")-cholesterol levels.

This suggests that trans fatty acids increase the risk of heartdisease more than the intake of saturated fats.

The major sources of trans fats in our diet are the ready-made bakedgoods and fried fast foods. These foods are not labeled, so theconsumer does not know how much trans fat he gets.

Trans fat accounts for 4% to 7%of dietary fat intake in the US.

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This is not really new information, but some people tend tobelieve that saturated fat is a great evil. It certainly is nothealthy in the large quantities that many people consume it. Thisis largely related to the foods that the animals that we eat arefed.

However, trans fat in bakery goods are FAR worse than saturatedfats.

Well, of course the best option then would be to get the new lowtrans fat margarines, right?

Guess again. Don't let these companies fool you with their expensivealternatives to the real thing, butter. As I said afew years ago, this new non-trans fat margarine is still liquidplastic. Do you really want a slightly lower cholesterol level withcell membranes that will not function properly???

These plastics were never designed to be in your body. Many of youknow I am fond of stating that if you have these or any of the oldermargarines in your home, you need to seriously reflect on whichneighbor or relative that you don't like and give them the margarine.You do NOT want that in your house at all.

One needs to avoid this trans fat at all costs. Aside from margarinethere are many hidden sources of trans fat such as many salad dressings,most all crackers, most mayonnaise (grape seed oil type would bethe exception) and most all fried foods.

As I said, butter is a better option. However, when you are on theoptimal food choice program,there is no or very limited bread or potatoes so the desire forbutter or margarine is greatly reduced.

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