• The Skinny on Trans Fats

    For many years trans fats have been hidden in foods and now it is legally obligated by the FDA to list these trans fats in foods. Thanks to this, it will become easier to keep track of fat intake. This article is devoted to learning about these mysterious things.

    Trans fats come from liquid oils thanks to the process of hydrogenation. These fats have been considered the tastiest form of fat and make shelf lives of foods longer. Not only that but this type of fat is cheapest which is why so many processed foods have trans fats in them and why most of our poorer Americans are becoming larger and larger.

    Despite the deliciousness of foods high in trans fat it is the least healthiest form of fat. This fat can be so damaging to the heart that it is becoming a serious issue amongst the country. To put this into perspective, eighty percent of the trans fats out there right now are from processed foods while the other 20% of the foods come naturally from meat and dairy products.

    According to many doctors, it is important to keep consumption of these fatty foods as low as possible due to the dangers that these cause. Eating these foods takes us away from eating healthier foods that have immunity boosting benefits. These processed foods do not much else but fill your stomach and make you gain weight.

    The proper amount of fats should be no more than thirty five percent of daily caloric intake. So, if you eat 2000 calories a day, there should only be 55 to 75 grams of fat for that particular day. These should be healthier fats, too. There are many healthy alternatives out there and this includes vegetable oils and selecting lean meats or poultry.

    There are many changes that are going to be made in regards to these trans fats. They need to be replaced while maintaining the flavor that everyone loves so that the food companies do not lose business. Unfortunately, that has been proving to be a bit hard because of the long term effects of many of these alternatives (Remember Olestra?). The food makers are getting closer and closer to the answer, however.

    The last thing to really bear in mind is that trans fat is NOT the only unhealthy thing in foods today. Just because the bag of chips may say they are trans fat free, doesn’t mean you should eat the whole bag. Not only that but many of the products out there that have 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving can actually be labeled at zero. We need to keep that in mind when we are having our favorite foods and really keep our servings at the proper size. It is also important to take count of the total fat, calories, and saturated fat. You could still gain a lot of weight if you think trans fats are the only problem in regards to healthy eating.

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    Susie Bragg has been a Registered Nurse since 1989, and specialized in both pediatric critical care and home health nursing before she and her husband - Dr. Richard Bragg - started their own medical practice in 1998. Susie is a breast cancer survivor who developed a keen interest in nutrition as way to live healthier. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 395-4836.