Natural Fats are Safe But Low Fats Can be Dangerous

Trans fats a menace to health

A recent study shows that saturated fats are not the enemy when it comes to eating fat. The real enemy is the low fats, such as trans fats, that are found in processed foods.

Trans fats are an unsaturated fat and are normally produced from vegetable fats. They might help food taste better but they are not the best for your health.

The research in the article goes to show that for those of us that are already eating naturally that it is the best way to go.

If you are not already eating natural foods would this article change your mind?

Expert analysis by the researchers proves unnatural so-called trans fats in processed foods are a danger with large amounts increasing the risk of death by as much as 30 percent.

But saturated fats from natural sources, such as dairy products or meat such as steaks appear not to pose a threat.

The researchers from McMaster University in Canada reviewed 50 observational studies and found no association between intake of saturated fats and death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke or Type 2 diabetes.

Their report, published in the British Medical Journal, says by contrast that consumption of industrial trans fats was associated with a 34 percent increase in deaths overall and a 28 percent increased risk of heart disease mortality.

Saturated fats come mainly from animal products, like butter, milk, meat, salmon and egg yolks while trans fats are produced industrially from plant oils for use in margarine and snack foods.

Advice issued by UK experts in 1991 claimed eating too much-saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels which increases the risk of heart disease.

Consultant cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra said: “Current dietary guidelines are not helping the obesity problem and, to some degree, are contributing to it by promoting a ‘low fat is good for you’ message.

“I tell my own patients to eat whole foods and consume more fats from olive oil, nuts and fish, for which there is good evidence heart attack and stroke are reduced.

“The current guidelines need to be overhauled so people eat nutritious wholefoods and don’t count calories.

“The message is simple – just eat real food.”