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Trans Fats: What You Need To Know

We’ve all heard that trans fats are unhealthy – but you may not know exactly why.  Here are a few facts that you need to know.

THEY COME IN NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL VERSIONSShort for trans fatty acids, they naturally form in some meat and dairy products, but in very small amounts. Those aren’t the ones to worry about. Industrially manufactured trans fats – the type created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid – are health hazards. These partially hydrogenated oils are inexpensive and used by food companies to improve the texture, shelf life and flavor stability of foods. These are the main source of trans fats in the American diet.

THEY CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEARTTrans fats can raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. High LDL levels of cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and is associated with the development of type-2 diabetes.

THEY’RE IN A LOT OF PACKAGED FOODSTrans fats are everywhere: coffee creamer, ready-to-use frosting, packaged crackers and cookies, even frozen pizza! The only way to truly avoid dangerous trans fats is to stick to the foods on your D’Adamo Personalized Diet (Blood Type, GenoType, SWAMI).

THEY LIKE TO HIDE IN THE INGREDIENT LISTFood manufacturers have to list any amount of trans fat on their nutrition label – while it may not say “trans fats,” if the label says, “partially hydrogenated oil,” the product contains trans fats.


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