Trans-fatty acids are extremely dangerous for our health and governments started to take action on the matter. The substances play with our cognition capacities, they thicken our arteries and they make us highly vulnerable in front of heart diseases. According to new studies, trans-fats are linked to high risk of death.
A new official regulation in the US has put a ban on trans-fats and companies are now forced to completely give up the ingredient until 2018. These substances act as great preservatives though, enhancing flavor and making foods more resistant, better looking and tastier. All this comes with the high price of our health.
However, a large new review of existing research suggests that for healthy people, a reasonable amount of saturated fat in the diet poses no health risks.
High amounts of trans-fats on the other hand, are associated with an increased risk of death from any cause. Studies show high risks of death from cardiovascular disease and diagnosis of coronary heart disease. Saturated fats which are found in animal products such as butter, eggs and salmon make up for no more than 10% of daily calories. Trans-unsaturated fats, such as hydrogentated oils that keep processed foods and margarine shelf-stable are industrially produced and provide no more than 1% of daily calories.
This 1% of daily calories coming from hydrogenated oils degrade our health in high percentages. Most of our foods nowadays contain trans-fatty acids, which are good only from a commercial perspective. The shelf-stable benefits they offer help manufacturers better manipulate and monetize their stocks.
So, there is a difference between saturated fats, which are not linked with increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke or type two diabetes. Trans-fats are the poison in our food, associated with great risk of death and coronary heart disease.
Findings are strengthened with a study conducted by researchers at several Canadian institutions and experts call for a highly careful review of dietary guidelines for these nutrients.
Consumption of industrial trans-fats is presently associated with a 34% increase in all-cause mortality, 28% increased risk of heart disease mortality and 21% increase in risk of heart disease.
Before official regulations shed light on the new dietary guidelines, we are advised to better asses our nutrition habits and concentrate more on eating natural foods, fruits, vegetables and natural, unprocessed oils.
At the same time, more studies would be extremely helpful to better assess the role and effects of saturated fats. None of the studies included consisted of randomized controlled trials, all were based on observations over time so other factors in participants’ lives could have played a serious role in health outcomes.
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