Trans fat has become a central cause of the development of increased obesity in the United States and around the world. Present in most fried fast-food choices, have trans fats a number of negative health effects on people who eat more than the recommended amount (2% of all calories) in their daily diet. Below are the most common problems associated with trans fats
Coronary Heart Disease
People who eat large amounts of trans fats in their normal diet is much more prone to heart disease than those who do not. In 2006, New England Journal of Medicine determined in a study that an individuals risk for heart disease almost doubles for every 2% increase in trans fat calories consumed. By comparison, did the same study, it would take a 15% increase in saturated fat to produce the same results.
High consumption of trans fats have also been shown to increase cholesterol levels in individuals. For those unfamiliar, cholesterol is measured in LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) ratios. Similar to saturated fat, trans fat elevated level of LDL in the consumed it. But unlike saturated fat, trans fat also reduced HDL ratio at the same time, making the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol increase to unsafe levels.
C-reactive proteins or proteins that are a byproduct of inflammation in the blood, have also been shown at high levels for mass consumption of trans fats. A Journal of Nutrition study found that CRP blood levels were 73% higher for those than consumed high levels of trans fat than those who consumed the recommended amount. If CRP levels become too high for an extended period, serious internal problems and even death have been known to cause.
The risk of diabetes
Trans fat intake can also lead to increased risk of type II diabetes in some individuals. Type II diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, which is needed for the body to produce energy. Higher than normal levels of fat consumption also tend to cause excessive sugar in the blood. When an unhealthy diet of sugar and fat is consumed, the possibility exists of developing diabetes.
Please do not consume more than the recommended amount of trans fat per day.
If you have been consuming high levels of trans fat and did not understand the health effects, please consult a doctor to ensure that none of these events has already begun to affect your body.
Always check the labels on food products before buying to check and see if the food contains trans fat.