In one of my previous articles at Daily Bay Area News, I’ve shown you that nobody has ever proven saturated fats are bad for you. However, you may have read that article and wonder are saturated fats really bad for you and if so, what would that mean? Well, I’m going to tell you what it means and how it affects your health.
What if saturated fats were really good for you?
Here’s what I’m going to tell you: although there has never been a worn-out science to prove that saturated fats are bad for you, the evidence is mounting. What it comes down to is a simple matter of common sense. Everybody knows eating red meat is bad for you. What nobody realized is that there is a significant amount of evidence showing saturated fats are also bad for you.
Why are they bad for you?
These fats occur naturally in red meat and dairy products. They are also found in high concentrations in animal products such as butter, eggs, and whole milk products. Here’s a Quick Breakdown of the three key fatty acids that are all responsible for the health problems resulting from eating saturated fats:
- Trans fatty acids
Trans fatty acids are produced at high resolutions in a process called hydrogenation. The process converts liquid oils to solid oils by adding hydrogen atoms. This process increases the shelf life and flavor stability of foods to a greater degree than the polyunsaturated fatty acid. It is primarily used in deep-frying foods to produce more reliable products, such as chips, pastries, cookies, etc.
Trans fatty acids elevate your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and your triglycerides. In fact, there is no other fat in the United States that raises blood cholesterol levels and increases the risk of heart disease as much as trans fats. Your liver metabolizes trans fatty acids in the form of trans fatty acid oil. High intakes of trans fatty acids are associated with a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
- High temperature refined vegetable oils
PHE is the technical name for liquid vegetable oils. These oils are created by subjecting unsaturated oils to a high temperature, rapid saturated oil condition. They are then hydrogenated to increase their shelf life. PHE has been linked to higher cholesterol levels, more fat gain, multiple types of cancer, and an increased risk of heart disease.
Note: PHE does not refer to “partially hydrogenated oils” as those oils have been processed to reduce their saturated fat content.
To avoid PHE, look for oils listed as “hydrogenated” oil, “molecules” oil, “vegetable shortening”, or better yet “vegetable shortening”.
Butter is one of the most popular spreads in the world. Although butter can have many health benefits, the spread is not a healthy food by any means.
The Industrial Revolution put an end to cottage cheese. People were spending time on milk, so the dairy industry started looking for a product that could be more readily available to consumers. Thus, butter was manufactured. butter is one of the most popular spreads in the world. Although butter can have many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, butter was manufactured to increase the shelf life of foods and it has no significant nutritional value.
- Partially hydrogenated oils
Partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) in your diet raise your risk of developing heart disease. Check the package label to make sure if the ingredient list includes words such as partially hydrogenated oil. Even if the package does not include ingredient words, it probably contains partially hydrogenated oil in one of its ingredients.
Partially hydrogenated oil produces heart disease. It is responsible for the arachidonic acid in your body is converted to plaque, which leads to plaque formation in your arteries, a condition called arteriosclerosis. arteriosclerosis leads to your blood pressure becoming higher than normal. This results in one of three primary diseases; hardening of the arteries, hypertension, or a combination of the two.
- High sodium content in processed foods
Sodium intake is responsible for the majority of diet-related diseases. Sodium intake contributes to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for the development of the following diseases: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes. Sodium contributes to osteoporosis, excessive clotting, and edema, especially in the kidneys.
Because of the salt content in processed foods, we need to be careful about the amounts of salt we consume each day, especially if we eat out a lot.