All Fats Are NOT The Same!
Both unsaturated fats (avocados, fish, olive oil, etc.) and saturated fats (coconut oil, butter, eggs, dark chocolate, chicken & grass-fed beef) are healthy because they are found naturally in foods that grow on the farm or swim in the ocean. Fat is part of every cell in our body, so for a body to be healthy, it needs both unsaturated and saturated fats.
Trans-fats (a.k.a. hydrogenated fats) are man-made fats that are unhealthy for our bodies because they have been chemically created in a laboratory and are not found naturally in nature. They can clog our arteries and put us at a higher risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
Read Your Food Labels
To avoid hydrogenated fats, READ FOOD LABELS CAREFULLY. Look for words such as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated in the list of ingredients. Hydrogenated oils can be found in many kinds of foods, such as:
- Fried foods
- Many sauces & seasonings
- Processed foods
Diets high in trans fats do the following:
- raise LDL (bad) cholesterol
- decrease immunity
- interfere with nerve-cell function
- increase cardiovascular disease
- increase the risks of many cancers, ESPECIALLY COLON
- increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes
Trans fats fill up the "parking spots" reserved for healthy fats, causing the cell membrane to become more rigid and they interfere with the cell membrane's growth and function.