Trans fat – Take it away from your diet!

Trans fats are a specific type of fat hydrogenated formed by an industrial or natural process (occurring in the rumen of animals), and are mainly present in processed foods

By Aline Alves – Nutritionist

Trans fats are a specific type of fat hydrogenated formed by an industrial or natural process (occurring in the rumen of animals), and are mainly present in processed foods. Foods provided by animals, such as meat and milk, have small amounts of these fats. Trans fat is used in the industry to extend the life and improve the consistency of the food.

Scientific studies have shown that trans fat is extremely harmful to health: in addition to increasing the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), also decreases the good cholesterol levels (HDL). This means increasing the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke. It is also worth noting that trans fat is not synthesized by the human body and, because of it, get stuck in arteries. Because all the harm it brings to health, Anvisa – Brazilian National Agency of Sanitary Surveillance determined that the industry should decrease the amount of such fatty acid food, recommending that the maximum amount per day is 2g.

Reading the food labels allows you to check what foods are or are not rich in trans fats. Then, you can make healthier choices, giving preference to those who have lower content of these fats!

To have a healthier life reduce your diet:

  • Crackers;
  • Microwave Popcorn;
  • Frozen food;
  • Margarine;
  • Sweets;
  • Stuffed sweets;
  • Snacks and processed foods.