Recently, the Obama administration pledged to phase trans fats out of the American food supply over the next three years. This is great news, because trans fats adversely affect your brain health.
Man-made trans fats do not behave as natural fats do in the body. Trans fats can lead to serious health complications including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, low birth rate, obesity and immune dysfunction. They also have serious consequences on brain health. Trans fats are commonly found in processed foods, fried foods, store-bought salad dressings, pie crusts, muffins, chips, baked goods and more.
Our brains rely on natural fats to create and maintain cell membranes and carry fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. But trans fats can cause cellular destruction, wreak havoc on hormone production, adversely affect memory and increase inflammation in the brain. Inflammation in the brain can inhibit the body’s production of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are essential to brain function.
Our brains need natural fats to function properly. But trans fats do more harm than good.
Eliminate trans fats from your diet by asking questions, checking labels and avoiding processed and fried foods that you do not prepare yourself. Also avoid foods whose ingredient lists include partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or esterified fats.
Instead, consume healthy natural fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, macadamian nut oil, nuts, and butter which are better for your body and brain health.
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