It is essential to avoid trans fat for heart health. Although there is good fat, some of it is bad. The worst fat for your cardiovascular health is trans fat. What does this do to your heart? What type of food is it in? Is the FDA doing anything about this? It is good to know the answers to these questions so you can protect your heart health.
Trans Fat and Cholesterol
You should avoid trans fat because it raises your bad cholesterol, or LDL and lowers your good cholesterol, or HDL. By doing this, your risk for heart disease increases. Scientists don’t know exactly why trans fat does this to your cholesterol, they just know it does and it’s dangerous. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, killing 385,000 people annually.
Where is Trans Fat Found?
Trans fat is commonly found in commercially baked goods. Cookies, cakes, muffins, pizza dough and breads. You can reduce or avoid transfat by making your own baked goods. Many healthy recipes are available. You'll find that homemade baked goods taste better and you won't have to worry about trans fats and other unhealthy ingredients. Just remember that some margarines and vegetable shortening contain trans fat so read the ingredients when purchasing these items. Personally, I never realized how easy it was to bake fresh bread. Once I started baking it myself, supermarket bread could no longer compete with taste or quality.
Is Anything Being Done About Trans Fat?
Recently, as reported by the New York Times, the Federal Drug Administration proposed a ban on trans fat in food. By avoiding trans fat, 3,000 to 7,000 people every year could be saved from heart disease, one of them could be you. As many as 20,000 people a year could be saved from heart attacks. Both scientists and health officials say that no amount of trans fat is safe. It is best to avoid trans fat altogether.