The risk of trans fat
Dr Ancel Keys first recognize the danger of trans fat in 1958. He believed that hydrogenated vegetable oils with their trans fats were responsible for the significant increase in ischaemic heart disease. In 1978 Dr Mary Enig from University of Maryland proved that total fat intake and vegetable fat increased cancer rates. She considers trans fat dangerous and animal fats is relatively safe. Trans fat may also cause obesity, liver dysfunction and infertility.
Concern over the role of trans fat increases made FDA in 2006 require all foods to include the proportion of trans fat in it's label. Labels can say "0 grams of Trans Fat" as long as a serving size contains less than 0.5g of trans fats.
Big names are trying to reduce the amount of trans fats in its food. Wendy's lead the way by reducing an average 95% of trans fat oil in its chicken and french fries. KFC is also removing trans fats from its fried products. By 2006, McDonald's have cut the amount of trans fat in its fried chicken by about 15 percent.
These are some food that has high level of trans fat: cookies, cakes, french fries, doughnut, fried chicken and potato chips.
Remove trans fat
The first way to remove trans fat is to avoid trans fat. You should avoid food that is high in trans fat. Read the label of all the food you eat. Food that contain trans fat are usually high in calorie, so by avoiding those foods you will lose weight and healthier in the same time.
The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 2 grams of trans fat per day. It is better if you are eating 0 grams of trans fat per day. Some meat and dairy products you eat in a day can give you the maximum 2 grams of trans fat.
Here's what can you do more to remove trans fat:
- Use canola or olive oil
- Choose baked crackers instead of regular crackers
- Use tub margarine and avoid stick margarine.
- Avoid fresh fries
- Change your breakfast from doughnuts and croissants to whole grain bread with peanut butter and nonfat yogurt.