Trans fats are unsaturated fats and can be both natural and artificial, based on their origin.
Natural or ruminant trans fats are those fats that are present in the stomach of ruminant animals, i.e., cattle, sheep, and goats, as a result of the digestion process.
The other form of trans fats is known as partially hydrogenated, industrial, or artificial trans fats. These trans fats are dangerous to your health as they clog your arteries and contribute to heart problems.
Transfats are most commonly present in savory snacks, baked items, frozen pizzas, fried foods, coffee-creamers, margarine, and ready-made frostings.
Hydrogenated fats are the unsaturated fats present in fried items. Trans fats raise low-density lipoproteins level (LDL) and lower high-density lipoprotein levels (HDL).
Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are categorized as “bad cholesterols” and high-density lipoproteins (HDL) as “good cholesterols”. Raised LDL levels increased the risk of developing heart diseases, vascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes by inducing obesity and narrowing the blood vessels.
Try to avoid trans fats as much as you can in your daily diet. Limit the transfat intake by cutting back on eating outside. The portion of eating foods containing transfats is also important.
Try having smaller portions of foods containing trans fats and limit this intake to once a month to avoid cardiovascular problems.
By increasing the number of whole foods in your daily diet, you can try to manage the craving for packaged foods loaded with trans fats.
Anything that comes from nature without any processing is way more nutritious than any processed foods. Try to eat lean meat, fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, whole grains, and beans.