Not all fats are bad but there is type of fat which we should not be consuming. This unhealthy fat is called trans fats. For centuries the consumption of this type of fat was extremely rare. Now in modern day society it is becoming more prevalent especially now that there is an abundance of processed foods. We are consuming processed foods more than ever so it’s no surprise that the rise in trans fatty foods correlates with the rise in obesity.
This is the type of fat found in processed food. Some examples include margarine, cooked vegetable oils and fast food. Our body has no need for this type of fat and our body is not good at processing it. It is detrimental to our health which is why it’s recommended that it makes up less than 1% of our diet.
There is no need for this type of fat in the human body as it can increase risk of disease. Heart disease risk, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity risks are all greatly increased when trans fats are a part of a regular diet. Trans fats can also lead lowered testosterone production in males when consumed in high amounts.
There is a loophole in certain foods also. If a food has under 0.5g of trans fats they can legally say 0% Certain ingredients can also turn into trans fats when cooked. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is a prime example. This ingredient before it’s cooked has 0% trans fats. Meaning legally a product can advertise 0% trans fats!
If you’re looking to lower your body fat then this type of fat is definitely a no go. Trans fats prevents absorption of glucose into the cells of the muscles and liver. This leads to the glucose be transferred to the fat cells. Eventually trans fats leads to the hypertrophy (increase in size) and hyperplasia (increase in number) of fat cells within the body. Not only this but under the microscope it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between plastic and trans fats. Are you starting to think about your trans fat intake?