Bad fats

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Saturated fats and trans fatty acids are harmful to health because they can increase the risk of heart disease by increasing LDL cholesterol and lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol). Dietary cholesterol is not a fat, but is found in food derived from animal sources. Consumption of dietary cholesterol increases blood cholesterol levels, but not as much as saturated fat and trans fatty acids and not equally to all people.

The differences between these fats and food sources for each type:

Saturated fats
Saturated fats are usually present in the solid state at room temperature and are often found in animal products, such as red meat, poultry, butter or milk. Other foods rich in saturated fats are coconut oil, palm and other tropical oils.

Trans fatty acids
Also called trans fats, they come from the hydrogenation of hydrogen and vegetable oil. The fat solidifies and makes them more resistant to Rancidity. Hydrogenated fats are a common ingredient in commercial products, biscuits, cakes, donuts and French fries. Solid fats used for cooking and some margarines also contain trans fats. Since January 2006 food manufacturers are required to place on their product packaging information on the amount of trans fat. Quantities less than 0.5 grams per product are listed as 0 grams trans fat on the label.

Dietary Cholesterol
The body naturally produces all the cholesterol it needs, but it also earnes the cholesterol from animal products such as poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter.



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