Artificial trans fats or commonly called as hydrogenated fats are made by reacting oil such as vegetable oil with hydrogen gas in pressured environment. The process result is a stiffer fat. This type of fat is use in food industry for many years. In America this hydrogenated fat classified as bad and serious health treat stuffs. In 2008 New York started to ban the artificial trans fat from restaurants.
In food industry, the artificial trans fat is commonly add to helps the food stay fresh longer and less greasy feel. It can be found at icing, crackers, cookies, microwave popcorn, stick margarine, and potato chip. Almost 80 percent of the fat found in American’s diet comes from hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Experts have classified this stuff as the worst type of fat. Comparing with the other type, this one not only causes raises bad cholesterol (LDL), but at the same time it also lower good cholesterol (HDL) and this is a very bad combination. As a result, it can clog your arteries and increases the risk of hearth disease and stroke. A study result about this trans fats revile that it double the risk of hearth disease on women.
Are Trans Fats Bad for Kids?
Since the hydrogenated vegetable oils increase the risk for stroke and hearth disease in adults, the stuff also bad for children. Kids that consume foods that contain this type of fat such as cake, cookies, stick margarine, pop tarts, and microwave popcorn start at 3 or 4, they become more prone to hearth disease earlier compare to children who are eating foods without trans fats.
How to stay away from the bad effects?
Focus on healthy diet and stay away from foods that contain trans fats. Consume more fruits, vegetables, chicken and bean. Prepare your food rather than order it from restaurant and stay away from any fast foods.
Read the nutrition facts labels on every food that you buy, trans fats are listed under fat category. Choose only foods that hydrogenated fats free. Consume more foods contain unsaturated fats. When you buy foods that contain trans fats, choose the lower one.