Trans Fats Are They Bad? - Lee Labrada
Are Trans-fats really that bad for you? – Lee Labrada Explains.
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Our “Ask Lee” today comes from Tom Pennington — Miami, Florida.
Question: Hi Lee, I hope you can help me.
I’ve been reading your newsletters for some time now and have learned a lot but I’m still confused about trans-fats. Are they really that bad for you?
Thank you in advance.
Answer: Hi Tom, thank you for your question.
When people ask me if something is particularly bad for you – for example a glass of wine or or steak– my answer is, that most things are OK as long as you don’t consume them all the time.
However, where trans-fats are concerned, I’m not a big fan.
Trans-fats are produced when oils are processed to increase their shelf life. Most of the time, that involves a chemical process called hydrogenation. When oils are hydrogenated, a portion of them become trans-fats.
Your body isn’t able to process hydrogenated oils as efficiently as healthy unsaturated fats, such as fish oils or olive oil for example.
Trans-fats found in hydrogenated oil can make your body less sensitive to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by your body to control blood sugar. This loss of sensitivity to insulin is what causes type 2 diabetes, which can result in weight gain, especially around the belly area.
So , in short, I try to avoid trans-fats. You can too, by eliminating processed foods that contain hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated oil on their labels. Try to avoid products containing soybean and cottonseed oil, as they all contain trans-fats.
You should be eating natural, unprocessed foods for the most part. By sticking to foods that have not been altered from their natural state, you entirely avoid trans-fat consumption. It’s another reason to eat “clean” as opposed to including highly processed foods in your diet.
Tom, I hope that this helps. I’m Lee Labrada, your Lean Body Coach. Hope this helps! Stay Lean and Stay Strong!
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