Rethinking Trans-fats: Are They Really That Bad?

For years, we've been warned against the dangers of trans-fats that come from hydrogenated oils. Many companies have voluntarily removed trans-fats from their products, and others have suffered criticism for not removing it. Some people have supported a ban on trans-fats altogether.

New research suggests people may have been over-reacting.

The Study

Research by the European Society of Cardiology found that while Trans-Fatty Acids (TFA) were not actually linked to increased mortality. Industrially-produced TFA was associated with a lower Body-Mass Index (BMI), lower insulin resistance and lower risks of diabetes.

Naturally occurring TFAs were actually found to lower one's risk of death-- mainly of sudden cardiac death.

A New Perspective

Dr. Marcus Kleber, a leader of the study, says, "Our data support a new approach to investigating TFAs and provide evidence that naturally occurring TFAs have to be differentiated from industrially produced TFAs."

The results of this study are in stark contrast to what has previously been believed about trans-fats. The new research is worth investigating because, in America, researchers found trans-fats (particularly industrially produced TFAs) to contribute to stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

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