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Doctor insights on: Disadvantages Of Eating Trans Fats

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What are trans fats?

What are trans fats?

Transformed veg. Oil: Trans fat is what one gets by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. The trans fat is more solid, less "oily", and makes junk food more stable for a longer time. Trans fat is bad because it raises a person's bad cholesterol, and lowers his good cholesterol, so it blocks up arteries worse than saturated fats do. Food labels that say "0 grams" trans fat mean "less than half a gram", not necessarily zero!

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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Why are trans fats so bad for you?

Why are trans fats so bad for you?

Cause many illnesses: Most trans fats come from partially hydrogenated oils found in many processed & fried foods like french fries & donuts. Simply put, trans fats are highly toxic. They cause inflammation, raise cholesterol & may cause up to 100, 000 deaths in the us from heart disease each year. They also increase risk of alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, depression & infertility. See my comment for some links.

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How does our body break down trans fats?

How does our body break down trans fats?

Trans fats are: Foreign to the body, like fake money. The receptor sites on our molecules do not recognize them properly, thus they are bad for our health. They low down metabolism and foster diabetes. Peace and good health. Best to go for good fats, e.g., fish oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc.

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So how long do trans fats stay in the body?

So how long do trans fats stay in the body?

Trans fats: Great question! Adding to dr. Novick's response, trans fats also get incorporated into the membrane structure of your cells. This can affect the receptors on those cells, making them less responsive to chemical messengers essential in the running of your body (including your brain). It's best to have a supply of healthy fats around that your body can use to make healthy cell membranes.

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Is it ever healthy to eat foods with trans fats?

No: 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!

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Where are the most common places to find trans fats?

Man made fat: Trans fats is a man made fat changing the fat molecule so it last. It is found in foods with hydrogenated fat or partially hydrogenated fat. It is solid at room temperature (ex crisco) and is found in processed foods like potato chips and baked goods. This is a very bad fat linked to heart disease. Avoid this by not eating processed food. Nature does not make this...Only man does.

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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!

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What would happen if I ate 15 grams of trans fats in one day?

What would happen if I ate 15 grams of trans fats in one day?

Repetition is Key: The vast majority of c-c bonds in all fats are single, aka saturated (no room for more hydrogen side atoms). If double bonds (unsaturated) present & converted to single bonds by industrial hydrogenation lacking control: ½ cis, ½ trans. All living cells do cis-. See google images. Plant fats more double bonds & liquid, than animal, more solid, but this does not mean healthier: ancel keys fraudulent.

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What are trans fats and processed foods? Why are they bad for the body?

What are trans fats and processed foods? Why are they bad for the body?

Clogs the arteries: Trans-fats are created to make oils more solid and keep their flavor or texture longer in processed foods. The unfortunate thing is that trans-fats cause bad cholesterol-related problems, and clog up arteries, leading to heart disease, artery disease, or strokes. In recent years, food processing companies have taken much of the trans-fats out of their foods (but replaced them with other fats).

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What are trans fats and if they are so bad why do they have to put them I food?

What are trans fats and if they are so bad why do they have to put them I food?

Trans fats: Trans fats were created when manufacturers started turning liquid oils into solid fats -- like margarine -- as a substitute for the saturated fats in butter, cream, & meats that people thought caused heart disease. The process used is called hydrogenation. Later they realized that these products last longer before going rancid. So now, many foods contain this despite ill effects in humans.

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What are trans fats and if they are so bad why do they have to put them I food?

What are trans fats and if they are so bad why do they have to put them I food?

LowerProcessingCosts: The issue is: when double bonds, between carbons, are converted to single, the bond spatial pattern. Lookup in google images: "cis-fat vs. Trans-fat". The vast majority of c-c bonds in fats, & other carbon backbone molecules, are single, aka saturated (no room for more hydrogen side groups). Living cells break double bonds to cis-bonds; industrial hydrogenation lacking control: ½ cis, ½ trans.

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The government is trying to banish trans-fats from food, why ar they so bad for u?

The government is trying to banish trans-fats from food, why ar they so bad for u?

Heart disease: 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!

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If trans fats are bad for us, what are the other kinds of fat we are supposed to eat?

Loaded question.: All fats are high in calories and can contribute to being weight gain, so in general the intake of fats should be limited. That being said, if you were to eat fats make sure they're mono- and polyunsaturated fats which are a bit healthier than the others.

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Can you tell me if trans fats are really harmful or are they the latest nutrition scare?

Can you tell me if trans fats are really harmful or are they the latest nutrition scare?

BAD BAD BAD: Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lowers your HDL ("good") cholesterol.

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When foods were cooked in pure trans fats, is the buildup it caused in people still there?

Depends: Any fat a person eats can get incorporated into cell walls, so yes, eating trans fats can cause these fats to remain in cells for some time.

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Many processed foods are now being advertised as being free of trans fats. What good is that?

Marketing, SomeTruth: ? evidence processing, including just grinding into flour & levening, unhealthy. Vast majority of c-c bonds in all fats, plant & animal, are single, aka saturated (no room for more hydrogen side atoms). If double bonds (unsaturated) present & converted to single bonds by industrial hydrogenation lacking control: ½ cis, ½ trans. All living cells do cis-. See google images. Less trans-: not as bad.

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The whole time when foods were cooked in pure trans fats is the buildup it caused in people still there?

Dean Ornish: Dean ornish claims that the build up of plaque is reversible through eating a mostly fruit and vegetable diet, limiting saturated fats from red meats. Staying away from processed foods is also important since sugar and high insulin helps to deposit the fats into the walls of the arteries. Its not all about fat, but the entire diet is important.

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What is the difference between unsaturated fats and trans fats?

Unhealthy Fats: Unsaturated fats are in salmon, trout herring, avocados, olives, walnuts and olive oil. They help improve blood Cholesterol. Trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower good (HDL) Cholesterol levels causing increased risk of heart disease. They are in doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies, cakes, fried fast food, Avoid Trans fats See Physician for Healthy Diet for your Heart!

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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.

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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