Until a few years ago, we believed that fat was the enemy, but then we found out that several fats are very healthy and now we are told that some fats are dangerous… So what’s the final verdict? Well, in the same way that we now know that there are good carbs and bad carbs, there are also healthy fats and unhealthy ones. Good fats are the ones found in nuts, seeds, and fish, while bad fats are the ones in a packet of chips! While there are a few types of unhealthy fats, there is ONE fat that is particularly deadly.
Fat Chance: Why Trans Fats Are The WORST!
Trans fats occur only in small amounts in nature – in some meat and dairy products. But the main source of this type of fat is hydrogenated oils, which are used to prepare packaged baked foods, fried fast foods, and snacks. Trans fats are so unhealthy that several European countries have now banned it completely. Here’s why trans fats are just so bad for you.
Causes Belly Fat & Weight Gain
“A diet high in trans fats causes a 33% increase in abdominal fat and 7% weight gain as compared to a diet high in healthy fats”
All fats are not created equal! We know that it is the calories in fats that make us gain weight, but trans fats make you gain more weight than other fats – even if the calorie count is the same. Animal studies have shown that a diet high in trans fats causes a 33% increase in abdominal fat and 7% weight gain as compared to a diet high in healthy fats even though both diet plans had the same number of calories. Belly fat is not just unappealing, it also increase your risk of serious health problems but there is a way to get rid of those love handles!
Increases The Risk Of Infertility In Women
“Each 2% increase in trans fats instead of carbs or polyunsaturated fats is associated with a 73% greater risk of ovulatory infertility”
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while, the answer to your problem could be in your diet. Researchers found that a woman’s total fat intake does not relate to ovulatory infertility but her intake of trans fats does! Each 2% increase in trans fats instead of carbs or polyunsaturated fats is associated with a 73% greater risk of ovulatory infertility. A diet that is high in trans fats is just one of the many not-so common reasons you’re not getting pregnant!
Elevates The Risk Of Heart Disease & Diabetes
“Each 2% increase in trans fats instead of carbs roughly doubles the risk of coronary heart disease”
If you thought that heart disease and diabetes are just ‘old people problems’, think again! Today’s millennials now face a high risk of these lifestyle diseases; in fact, Indian youth now account for 50% of all new diabetes cases. Each 2% increase in trans fats instead of carbs roughly doubles the risk of coronary heart disease. Similarly, studies have found that people with the highest trans fat consumption have a higher risk of diabetes although scientists still do not understand the exact reasons for the elevated risk.
The Hidden Trans Fats In Indian Snacks
According to Indian regulations for packaged foods, manufacturers are allows to label their products as trans fat-free if there is less than 0.2 gm of trans fats per serving. These labeling requirements pose no threat to manufacturers, who simply decrease their serving size – some of them go so far as to say that 1 serving of chips is 14 grams which is approximately 5 chips; when have you ever eaten just 5 chips?
It’s not just packaged food that’s the culprit, popular fast foods are high in trans fats too, so you might want to rethink those French fries or that bucket of delicious chicken wings. And if you think that you’d be better off with street food since it’s not processed, you’re wrong. Street vendors use margarine instead of butter since it’s cheaper, but margarine is very high in trans fats.
The Final Word
Dieticians generally recommend moderate consumption of most foods, but they make an exception for trans fats and say that this is a case of the less, the better! The WHO (world health organisation) recommends that you limit your trans fats intake to less than 1% of your total daily energy intake. This means that bingeing on chips, French fries, and burgers is a sure-shot way to send your intake of trans fats skyrocketing! Eat healthy, live well.
August 30, 2018