THE POISON OF PROCESSED FATS
Just what is the skinny on those processed fats and why are they bad for you? Butter, margarine, chefs, French fries, chips, cookies and other tasty snacks are loaded with them. The major kinds of fats in the foods we eat are saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fatty acids. On average, people consume 35%-40% of our total calories as fat. Saturated fats, trans fats and dietary cholesterol raise blood cholesterol. The bad news is, high levels of cholesterol in the blood is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack and also increases the risk of stroke.
What are processed or trans fatty acids?
They are man-made or processed fats which are made from a liquid oil. When you add hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil and then add pressure, the result is a stiffer fat. Trans fats are also called hydrogenated fats.
Why should i care about trans fatty acids?
In clinical studies, trans fatty acids or hydrogenated fats tend to raise total blood cholesterol levels and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lower HDL ("good") cholesterol when used instead of cis (naturally occurring) fatty acids or natural oils. These changes may increase the risk of heart disease. According to the comprehensive Nurses' Health Study, the largest investigation of women and chronic disease, trans fats double the risk of heart disease in women. A recent 10-year study showed similar results with men eating the most trans fats having twice the risk of heart attack. Additional dangers of processed fats include poor circulation, poor elimination, excess congestion and toxicity in the body.
Are all fats bad?
No, not all fats are bad! "Good fat" is a major source of energy for the body. These "good" unsaturated fats include the essential omega 3 fatty acids that help lower risk of heart disease and cancers. Some unsaturated oils are also used by the body for construction of cell walls and help in the proper functioning of nerves.
The american Heart Association's Nutrition Committee strongly advises that healthy people over age 2 limit their intake of saturated fat and trans fats to less than 10% of total calories. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring that food manufactures list trans fat on food labels so it will be easier for consumers to avoid trans fats.
TIPS TO REDUCING TRANS FATTY ACIDS IN YOUR DIET:
* Use olive oil and garlic in place of butter.
* Limit commercial baked goods (cookies, pastry, crackes).
* Limit snack foods and chips.
* Advoid deep fat fried foods and fried foods at restaurants.
* Limit packaged, convenient foods.
Processed fats are fats that are destroyed through cooking (at temperatures above 118° Fahrenheit) such that they are unusable and toxic to the body, thus resulting in acid and disease conditions in the body. Examples of foods that contain processed fats are butter, margarine, cheese, whole milk, meats, etc.
The dangers of bad fats (or processed fats) include poor circulation (leading to high blood pressure), poor elimination, excess congestion and toxicity in the body. In addition, the body is not able to perform the functions that good fats (or unprocessed fats) provide.
FATS IN THEIR NATURAL, UNPROCESSED FORM, SERVE FIVE MAJOR FUNCTIONS:
1. They build cell membranes.
2. They aid in the production of hormones.
3. They raise metabolism and create energy.
4. They protect the body by buffering and neutralizing acids.
5. They provide lubrication to the body so that the cells are free to move.
! Unprocessed fats are any fats that occur in their natural state. The best examples are the fats contained in avocados, olive oil, almonds an flax seed oils.