November 13, 2013For many of us, the decision to remove trans fats from food products has been a long time coming. Also called partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats are produced by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to extend its shelf life. That sounds harmless, but trans fats are considered the worse fats for your health, they raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol and they raise risks of Type 2 diabetes. Small amounts of naturally occurring trans fats are found in beef, lamb and butter. However, it isn't known if these naturally occurring trans fats have the same effects on cholesterol levels as do artificially hydrogenated fats. However, The American Heart Association recommends that less than 1% of your daily calorie intake come from these naturally-occurring trans fats. The fact is, you need fats as part of any healthy nutritional regimen. There are plenty of healthy sources to satisfy your needs, and please your taste buds, and they're not hard to find! Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oils (such as olive, canola, sunflower, nut and soy oils), nuts, seeds, and fish actually lower your risk for disease. These good fats move vitamins A, D, E, and K into and around the body. Healthy fats are important to promote a sense of well-being and mood-management, for staying mentally sharp, to fight fatigue, and weight control. This means that the ideal approach is not cutting all fat from your diet, it's knowing what fats can be and are actually healthy for you! How do you insure you're restricting trans fats while getting enough healthy fats? Follow these simple rules:
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