How Do Trans-Fats Affect Your Health?

Numerous studies have found that trans-fats increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. They also lower good cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Researchers claim there is no safe level of trans-fat consumption. These substances have no nutritional value and provide no known benefits to human health.

It is recommended to limit the amount of trans-fats to less than one percent of your daily calories. These substances have already been banned in several countries and states, including Denmark, Switzerland, New York, and California. Trans-fatty acids are more harmful to health than saturated fat and should be avoided at all costs.

Where are trans-fats found?

It is estimated that over 40 percent of foods in the typical US supermarket contain trans-fats. These compounds can be found in French fries, donuts, chicken nuggets, cakes, bread, pie crusts, cookies, frozen dinners, ice cream, microwave popcorn, and confectionery products. They are also used in many prepared foods bought in restaurants. If you're concerned about your health, avoid foods containing margarine, vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, and hydrogenated vegetable oil. These ingredients contain large amounts of trans-fat. Your best bet is to limit the consumption of fried foods and prepare your meals at home.

Written by Dr. Kimberly Besuden, Chiropratic Physician and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. She is a frequent speaker and contributor to articles on the subjects of wellness, health, and nutritional issues. Dr. Besuden's knowledge of human behavior concerning nutrition and the most effective ways to make change happen have helped thousands of people and hundreds of organizations over the years.