Trans Fat Versus Saturated Fat


Ann Gabriel | Vigorbuddy

Scared of fat in your food? We’ve all been hearing about the negative effects of fat in our body. Just how bad or unhealthy can it be?

Trans fat or saturated fat are the specific types of fat being referred to as the cause of the negative effects in our body.

What is trans fat exactly?

Trans fat raises bad cholesterol levels, and lowers good cholesterol levels,  can be the main cause of heart diseases, strokes and type 2 diabetes. Some say that fat can also be causes of Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer and infertility.

Fat has no positive benefit to the body at all.

It is highly recommended for us to avoid fat in our food completely.

Some sources of fat include

  • Food cooked in oil
  • Fatty foods
  • Fast food.
  • Snack food
  • Some baked products and pastries

There is a myth wherein when your product label says that it has 0 trans fat. Chances are there is still trans fat in the product. Food companies are required to list trans fat content if the food contains 0.5 grams or more per serving.

Chances are, buyers will be fooled by labels that say “0g Trans Fat” in their packaging.

If you notice labels that say “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated,” there is this slight possibility that it contains trans fat.

Saturated fat is not as bad as trans fat. Saturated fat is a bit of “good” or “bad.”

The biggest dietary cause of high blood cholesterol is saturated fat. It is known to increase the risks of having heart disease and stroke.

Saturated fat is bad for the person who is not physically active and eats a  lot of junk food, but there is no exception to others, who are fit and healthy. The intake of saturated fat must be limited to a some degree. It should not be avoided completely like trans fat should, but at the same time, don’t go binge eating on bacon.


Which are the some of the foods that are high in saturated fat?

  • Beef
  • Veal
  • Lamb
  • Pork

For trans fat, your goal must be 0 grams per day. More than that, it’s dangerous.

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