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Ironman8
04-19-2003, 10:55 AM
I heard they were more dangerous that saturated fats. Can someone explain the differences, or what they are, or anything about them?! Thanks in advance.

AJ_11
04-19-2003, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by Ironman8
I heard they were more dangerous that saturated fats. Can someone explain the differences, or what they are, or anything about them?! Thanks in advance.

Saturated fats arn't bad for you. It is a fat that you body can produce from other fats and used primarliy for energy(when using fat as an energy)

Here is a link that you can use to find out more onthe various fats that are out there and benefits/downfalls of each

http://www.mercola.com/2002/aug/17/saturated_fat1.htm

Trans fatty acids are fats that have been heated to the point where they actually go rancid and release carciniagens(cancer causing) in your body. Usually found in thing that have been fried in a deep fryer. Becasue it is mainly vegetable oil that is used and the poly's are extremely unstable when heated.

Hydrogenated oils are the same as trans(not good for you body) used in alot of prossessed food choices.

Basicially your body doen't know what to do with these fats so it usually stores it. The main cause of clogged arteries and fat gain.

The main thing is if you want to eat "healthy" eat clean and add fish, flax and olive oil as your primary fat choices.

LAM
04-20-2003, 01:21 AM
hydrogenated fats are fats that have been altered by processing methods with the additon of hydrogen atoms. when good fats are hydrogenated (partially hydrogenated oils) they become bad fats. this process changes the chemical structure of the fats from cis to "trans". the fats become rigid as some of the double bonds on the carbon skeleton are removed. this process was created to make fats remain solid at room temperature. trans fatty acids are very common in processed crackers, cakes, cookies etc.

the introduction of trans fatty acids is probably the singe most desctructive change man has made to a food. the human body can not process these foreign fats.

fatty acids are a major component used to form every cell membrane in our body. when these trans fats are placed in the cell membrane they do not fit right with normal fatty acids. this creates "flaws" in the cell membrane. picture a dike with holes all over it. not much of dike eh ? the holes allow foreign bodies etc. to enter the cell membrane when they normal would not be able to.

a high intake of trans fatty acids greatly increases the risk of coronary heart disease and many other ailments.