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What Are Trans Fats & Are They Bad For Your Health?

What are trans fats and how do they affect your overall health? Find out in this article.

Kritika Madhukar
Cooking Food With Olive Oil Can Provide You With Healthy Fats
Cooking Food With Olive Oil Can Provide You With Healthy Fats

We are all aware that our diet plays a significant role in maintaining our body's overall health and weight. To maintain a healthy diet, one must avoid some food components, such as trans fats.

What are Trans Fats?

Unsaturated fats derived from vegetable oils are known as trans fats. They are involved in the preparation of commercially baked goods and fried foods. There are two types of trans fats- Natural trans fats and artificial trans fats. Natural trans fats can be found in various animal products such as milk, meat, etc. On the other hand, artificial trans fats are produced chemically in labs. The process through which trans fats are produced is known as hydrogenation. 

Are Trans Fats Bad For You?

Trans fat provides you with no health benefits whatsoever. But can increase the risk of developing various health conditions in individuals.

Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, allergies are some of the health-related issues that can be caused by consuming trans fats in excess. 

How Can You Avoid Them?

You can limit the consumption of trans fats in these enlisted ways.

1. Increase the intake of healthy foods in your diet. Consuming more healthy food items such as fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, beans can help you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

2. Limit the intake of processed food items in your diet such as cheese, processed meats, etc. 

3. Before consumption, always read food labels carefully and avoid food items that are consist of hydrogenated oils.

4. Limit your intake of commercial products such as baked and fried foods. Opt for food items that are free of trans fats. 

5. Avoid the use of solid fats such as vegetable shortening and stick margarine. Instead, use oils such as olive oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, etc. 

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