Monday, May 14, 2012

Trans-Fat Dangers

A new study in the journal PLoS One suggests that the artery-clogging fat could be mucking up your mood too. Researchers found that, compared to people who ate the least trans fat, regular consumers of the stuff displayed more impatience, irritability and aggression. So much for the idea that junk food placates a bad mood.
Though more research is needed to demonstrate a cause and effect, avoid all trans fat — regardless of how grumpy it may or may not make you — because of its impact on the heart. Trans fat raises bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and increases the risk of heart disease. Even if the container says trans-fat-free, check the ingredients list. If it lists hydrogenated fat, stay away.

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