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U.S. Shutdown of Trans Fat Will Change the Way You Snack

Now it is even easier to avoid eating trans fat because the FDA has decided to phase them out in order to help you lower your numbers. Netizens are not happy.

THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) - U.S. health officials announced Thursday a plan to phase out heart-harmful trans fats in processed foods and restaurant fare.

The government is not the only thing that the U.S. is shutting down. Next is in line on the hit-list is the ban of trans fats in processed food and restaurants that follows the FDA nutrition labels requirement resulting in reduction of use of artificial tran fat in food such as partially hydrogenated oils used heavily in snack foods. This change in FDA requirements may have a huge impact on health, leaving you with no choice but to start eating healthy.

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Why #shutdown trans fats?

The main reason why the FDA plans to ban the use trans fat in foods is to lower the head count for heart disease. By shutting down trans fat, the FDA seeks to improve cardiovascular health in the United States. That is to help you lower your cholesterol.

Trans fats raise total cholesterol in your bloodstream more than saturated fats, increasing the risk of heart disease. In addition it has been shown to increase bad cholesterol while lowering good cholesterol that can reduce the risk for heart disease.

There are two types of cholesterol: bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL) that come from your body and the food you eat. LDL cholesterol is bad because it is gets stuck on your artery walls, which increases the risk of heart disease. The buildup of bad cholesterol on your artery walls is often referred to as artery plaque. On the other hand, "good" HDL cholesterol keeps "bad" cholesterol from getting stuck in your arteries, greatly reducing artery plaque and the risk of heart disease.

The reason why trans fat is so detrimental to your cardiovascular health is that it lowers the capacity your body to prevent arteries from clogging up. With that said, you may want to check start double checking your labels for trans fats, especially if you've had previous heart problems.

Here are some other ways to lower your numbers in addition to shutting down trans fats.

  • Cutback on consumption of saturated fats, eating fewer eggs sunny side up for breakfast, i.e. egg yolk is high in saturated fat.
  • Make sure you are getting enough omega 3s in your diet.
  • Switch up your cooking oil considering alternative to vegetable oil such a coconut oil or olive oil.

Sources: FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods MedlinePlus News. About Cholesterol

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By Martin Nicholson

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