Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Partially Hydrogenated Oils/Trans fat is it good?

Trans fatty acids, also known as trans fat, is an artery-clogging fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening.

The thing is, even if you don’t know that the following foods have trans fats, you should certainly know that they are bad for you:

 French fries, Potato chips, Doughnuts, Pastries, Hard margarine, Vegetable shortening, Cookies and Candy

While some foods like bakery items and fried foods are obvious sources of trans fat, other processed foods, such as cereals and waffles, can also contain trans fat. One tip to determine the amount of trans fat in a food is to read the ingredient label and look for shortening, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil. The higher up on the list these ingredients appear, the more trans fat.

Now here's the worse news: researchers from the University of Alberta have discovered foods rich in trans and saturated fats can also botch up the electricity in your heart, worsening the severity of heart attacks and increasing the risk of death.

For the first time, researchers have discovered that not only do "bad" fats affect the vessels of the heart, but they also affect the heart cells and can disrupt the rhythm of electricity flow in a heart.

So next time you buy something from the store make sure to read the label .

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