What are Bad Fats?

What are the bad fats – AVOID

Trans Fats

These are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats.

Healthy diet menu - no trans fat chips

Trans Fat Potential

They are typically found in margarine, french fries, shortening, cookies, fried chicken, etc.These are types of fats actually put your health at risk!

How?

Trans fats can increase your level of bad cholesterol – or LDL – and reduce the good cholesterol – or HDL that helps keep your arteries clean.

YUCK!

AND increase your chances for a heart attack by clogging you arteries and decreasing the flexibility of the arteries. This can lead to strokes and heart attacks.

Just in case you haven’t heard enough to stay away from trans fats, they can also increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes by building your triglycerides and inflammation.

WARNING: If a product has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, a manufacturer is allowed to round that number to zero!

So a product may say ‘no trans fat’ when it indeed does have some.  If you consume several of these foods the amount of trans fat in total can add up!

So, read the label.  If it has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil or fat, there is some amount of trans fat. Avoid these foods.

Vegtable Oils – Refined Polyunsaturated Fats

“Hey, wait a minute! I thought unsaturated fats were good…”

Here is what I learned: Polyunsaturated fats are omega-6 fats.  They are found in canola oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil and the like SOMETIMES because these oils are usually highly processed and are perishable.

Don’t get me wrong. Not all of these oils are bad.  They may indeed help lower your risk or heart disease and may aide in lowering your cholesterol levels.

But they can become rancid easily which leads to oxidative stress and damaging your body’s free radicals.

And if consumed in large quantities – as most people do – can increase inflammation by forming prostaniods.

One study indicated that those who have more omega-6 in their body as compared to the level of omega-3 fats, were prone to depression and inflammation.

Moral of the story: Eat the good fats – Avoid the bad…

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