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Doctor insights on: Are Trans Fats Saturated Or Unsaturated

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If saturated and trans fats do not add up to total fats, what are the remaining fats?

If saturated and trans fats do not add up to total fats, what are the remaining fats?

Unsaturated fats: The remaining fats are unsaturated fats. Trans fats are very toxic and should be avoided as much as possible. Most saturated fats are unhealthy, though smaller saturated fats like lauric acid in coconut oil are not unhealthy. Other fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are relatively healthy but can become less healthy when heated. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Trans Fats (Definition)

Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats ...Read more


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If a food has more unsaturated fats than saturated and trans fats, does the unsaturated cancel out the effects of the saturated and trans?

If a food has more unsaturated fats than saturated and trans fats, does the unsaturated cancel out the effects of the saturated and trans?

NO!!!: First of all, there is good reason to question whether saturated fats are actually unhealthy- see http://www.Bmj.Com/content/347/bmj.F6340 however, trans fats are among the most toxic foods one can eat and a major cause of heart disease- see http://bit.Ly/1era8lt ; http://bit.Ly/13o0nkq no amount of healthy fats can "cancel out" the incredible toxicity caused by trans fats. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: trans fats?

Hydrogenated oils: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more

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What foods contain saturated and trans fat?

What foods contain saturated and trans fat?

Per AHA: Saturated fats- butter, lard, fatback & solid shortening. Trans fats- vegetable shortening, select margarines, food fried in partially hydrogenated oil (or containing it), & many types of cookies, snacks & crackers. ...Read more

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Which one is the bad one: saturated or trans fat?

Which one is the bad one: saturated or trans fat?

BothBad, Trans Worse: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more

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What can trans and saturated fats do to your body?

Bad lipids: Saturated and trans fats increase bad LDL cholesterol. Trans fat also decreases good HDL cholesterol. Best approach is to substitute unsaturated vegetable fats for the saturated and trans fats found in animal and processed foods. ...Read more

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What is the difference between trans and saturated fats?

Synthetic vs.natural: Trans fats are terrible for health as they are hydrogenated and inflame the artery walls as well as ruining your cholesterol - stay away! saturated fats like butter, coconut oils in reasonable quantities are actually now found to be ok for health and coconut oil in particular has been found to be good for health, especially with memory issues like alzheimers.Meats are saturated, eat in moderation. ...Read more

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What are the differences between trans and saturated fats?

What are the differences between trans and saturated fats?

Carbon Bonds: Saturated means all single c-c bonds. Trans & cis refer to the orientation of the c-c bond after a c=c double bond converted to single. See google images. If double bonds (unsaturated) are converted to single by industrial hydrogenation lacking control: ½ cis, ½ trans; all living cells do cis-. There is no evidence saturated fats of natural origin are unhealthy. Ancel keys a fraud, peter attia not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between unsaturated fats and trans fats?

What is the difference between unsaturated fats and trans fats?

A Chemistry Lesson: All fats are made up of something called glycerol with three "fatty esters," chains of carbon (C) & hydrogen (H). Unsaturated fats do not have a H attached to each open C and therefore unsaturated. They are usually liquid (oil) at room temp. Trans fats are mostly man made from unsaturated fats by adding more H's to make semisolid fats. They are now known to increase the risk of heart disease. ...Read more

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Foods used to be cooked in pure trans fats. Is the buildup of cholesterol it caused in people still there? Or does the body eventually break it down?

Transfats get turned: into LDL chol, which in turn gets stuck on the sides of arteries and causes blockage.The trans-fat itself no longer exists in the body after it has been digested. It has been converted to Triglycerides and Cholesterol particles. Some people accumulate the LDL cholesterol in their arteries, others do not. Some people can likely have decrease in buildup if they eat healthy. http://CardioGauge.com ...Read more