Most people are aware that trans-fats are associated with heart disease risk, but their dangers go far beyond that…and ignorance is not bliss here.
Compounding this problem is that many people are under the mistaken impression that a few trans-fats here and there can’t be all that bad…because nothing could be farther from the truth. Trans-fats are deadly in ANY dose.
Here’s what you must know about these poisons:
Trans-fats: Better known as Franken-fats
Trans-fats are not found anywhere in Nature. That should be your first clue that they're not good.
Trans-fats are created when food manufacturers infuse hydrogen into polyunsaturated oils to create a solid fatty substance (think shortening or margarine) with a long shelf life -- known as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are found in countless packaged foods, especially snack cakes, cookies, peanut butter, chips and granola bars -- foods that are heavily marketed to kids.
They're also in most bakery items, since bakeries rely heavily on shortening for cookies, cakes, pies and frostings.
The growing list of trans-fat health dangers
Trans-fats are dangerous to your health in a growing number of ways.
They cling to your arteries and tissues, increase your blood cholesterol (especially your LDL “bad cholesterol”), contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, stir up inflammation and practically guarantee that you'll be making a call to your local cardiologist.
In addition, since they're not from Nature, you don't have enzymes in your body that can break them down, so they're next to impossible for your body to eliminate.
Plus, once in your body they can reproduce themselves by the billions. This spurs the development of free radicals, which accelerate atherosclerosis and inflammation, contribute to countless diseases and lead to premature aging.
They’re affecting your BRAIN too!
Researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine have observed in several different categories of people that consumption of trans-fats is associated with increased irritability and aggression.
So these poisons are affecting our physical AND mental health!
In addition, another study of working-age men showed that those who ate the most trans-fats performed the worst on memory tests.
No amount is safe
With trans-fats, you simply cannot take the position that “A little bit won’t hurt.”
Think of them as being similar to anthrax—NO amount is safe.
According to Dr. John Salerno of the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, even a small amount of trans-fats in your diet can increase your risk of heart disease.
How to reduce your risk
To help ensure that you minimize your exposure to trans-fats, as well as help eliminate any that may be clinging to your innards (and your BRAIN), here are some smart measures you can take:
Read food labels
If they mention hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, DO NOT buy the product, period. There are always alternative products that don't contain them. (Look for organic options to minimize harmful ingredients in general.)
Stick to real foods
When your diet consists of real foods from Nature, trans-fats are not an issue.
Strive to do the majority of your shopping in the outer perimeter of the store where the real foods are located—meats, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs and real butter (never, EVER use margarine).
Watch your supplements too!
Sadly, trans-fats have made their way into major brand-name supplements too!
For example, one very popular multi-vitamin formula contains hydrogenated palm oil! And a good many others contain artificial dyes as well.
When it comes to supplements, choose wisely and look for the highest quality.
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Help ease any existing trans-fat related inflammation in your body
If you’ve been getting a fair amount of trans-fats in your diet for a while (be honest), chances are you may be fighting some of their inflammatory effects in your body already.
But you can help ease existing inflammation by taking advantage of Nature’s anti-inflammatory--omega-3 essential fatty acids.
And VitalMega-3 fish oil formula is the perfect choice.
Just two VitalMega-3 capsules a day will give your body a helpful 1,000 mg dose of inflammation-fighting omega-3 essential fatty acids.
The bottom line
The more you can eliminate the deadly poison of trans-fats from your diet (and your kids’ too) and counteract their harmful effects, the better your chances of strong physical and mental health…for life!