Trans Fats Raise Bad Cholesterol
A discussion about lowering cholesterol is not complete without discussing fats. The fact is that cholesterol is mostly produced by the body and only about ¼ of the cholesterol in the blood comes from foods. While it is still important to eat a low cholesterol diet, a low fat diet – especially one low in trans fats -- is essential.
Trans fats, also called trans fatty acids, are those that are formed by using hydrogen in the process of heating liquid vegetable oils. The process known as hydrogenation is what makes the liquid into a solid when it is at room temperature. The more solid the final product, the more trans fats it contains. That is why often a stick of margarine is much higher in trans fats and cholesterol than soft, ready-to-spread margarine in a tub. Manufacturers add trans fats to products to increase the shelf life of the oils and the foods made with them.
Trans fats do double duty in raising overall blood cholesterol. Not only do they raise the low density lipoprotein (LDL), which is the bad cholesterol, but it also lowers the good cholesterol, known as high density lipoprotein (HDL).
Foods that contain the highest amounts of trans fats are the typical junk foods: snack crackers, fast food, fried foods that are commercially prepared, etc. Trans fat is the worst of all fats, far more damaging to cholesterol levels than even saturated fats. By lowering your intake of trans fats, you can lower your blood cholesterol significantly. To learn more about food choices and a complete diet plan that will help you in lowering cholesterol naturally, get The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure by Frank Mangano. This proven method will be effective in lowering cholesterol naturally through sound nutritional education and planning.
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