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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Trans Fats (Overview)

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 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! ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
43 doctors shared insights

Trans Fats (Overview)

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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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. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Don't eat skin on poultry
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...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 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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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