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Melody Teh

This is the worst kind of fat for your heart

This is the worst kind of fat for your heart

We’ve heard that there are good dietary fats and bad fats, but according to new research, one type of fat is worst of all.

A study recently published by BMJ has found evidence that trans fats are responsible for the highest death rates amongst all causes of death, including heart disease, failures, and diabetes.

Evidentially, the risk caused by trans-fat outweighs that of saturated fats. Those who ate more trans-fats held a 34 per cent greater risk of mortality from any cause of death, a 28 per cent higher risk of heart disease, and 21 per cent risk of heart issues.

Contrastingly, saturated fats were not linked to health problems such as diabetes or stroke. Still, lead study author Russell de Souza clarifies that this doesn’t mean you can increase your saturated fat intake:

“We didn’t find any evidence for increasing the allowable amount of saturated fat in the diet,” de Souza told Time Magazine.

Trans-fats can be found in highly processed foods, such as margarine. Instead, we as consumers are urged to partake in small amounts of healthier (monounsaturated/polyunsaturated) fats, which can be found in vegetable-based oils such as olive, nut, or seed oil.

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