Why trans fat found in samoas, fries and other fried items is bad for health

Trans fat is unsaturated fat that has undergone a process called hydrogenation, where hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid

Updated On: 2023-12-06 08:18 PM IST

Compiled by : Editor

n India, common sources of trans fats include fried snacks like samosas and pakoras, commercially baked goods such as pastries and biscuits, and certain margarines. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Consuming trans fats is harmful due to their association with increased levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and decreased levels of good cholesterol (HDL). This imbalance elevates the risk of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.

Additionally, trans fats have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, and other metabolic disorders. Regular consumption of trans fats can lead to various health issues, including coronary artery disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. It is advisable to limit the intake of trans fats to mitigate these risks.

Ideally, it is recommended to avoid trans fats altogether. However, if complete elimination is challenging, moderation becomes key. 

The American Heart Association suggests that trans fat intake should be limited to less than one per cent of total daily calories.

Opting for healthier alternatives is essential. Choose cooking oils rich in unsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil. Embrace whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. These provide essential nutrients without the harmful effects associated with trans fats. To read more, click here

With inputs from Dr Aniket Mule, consultant internal medicine, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road. 

Photos Courtesy: iStock

Next Gallery

IN PHOTOS: These popular USA treats may be banned over cancer containing chemicals

Related Photos