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Eat This Not That: Avoid Transfats

Transfats

The next time you indulge in fast food, you might notice that your favorite foods don’t taste quite the way you remember. As researchers discovered the dangers of trans fats, fast food restaurants around the world changed their recipes and slowly phased out those fats. That is why apple pies are now baked and not fried and why french fries look slightly paler. If you still find yourself craving trans fats, now might be a good time to find out what those fats are and the dangers associated with those fats.

What are Trans Fats?

Trans fats are essentially any type of fat that becomes a solid after first being a liquid. Manufacturers created this process as a way to increase the lifespan of certain fats and to keep costs down. Restaurants could ship large containers of the liquid to shops across the country and store those containers in cool spaces. New federal laws now require that all manufacturers list any type of trans fats on the labels of food products. In light of the new law, which went into effect in 2006, most restaurants phased out trans fats from their menus.

Dangers of Trans Fats

The reason why so many companies turned away from trans fats and why the government introduced a new law regarding those fats, many people want to know why they should avoid trans fats. Foods fried in trans fats and those that contain trans fats are bad for the human body. The fats increase your likelihood of developing diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Prolonged consumption may also lead to excessive weight gain.

Avoiding Fatty Foods

Avoiding fatty foods and foods that contain trans fats is easier than you might think. Always look closely at the labels of foods that you buy in the store for any mention of hydrogenated oils, which are a type of trans fat. Most processed foods contain some form of fat, and you’ll want to pay close attention to the labels on crackers, cookies, granola bars and even chips. Eating healthy and cooking foods from scratch can help you avoid bad fats.

 

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