Illinois law makers are considering a ban on trans fats in restaurants. So what you say, so let me tell you what I found out from an in-house expert at GVMH.
After reading the news about the Illinois law makers I reached out to Sherry Collins, Outpatient Dietician at GVMH, for more information.
Most of the trans fat in Americans’ diets comes from factory-produced partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, according to Sherry. They can be found in fried chicken, fried fish, biscuits, French fries, cookies, donuts, crackers, icing, potato chips, stick margarine and microwave popcorn.
Manufacturers started adding trans fats, also called hydrogenated fats, in their processed foods about 20 years ago to prolong their products’ shelf life, but Sherry warns that these kinds of fats clog arteries, cause obesity and raise the risk of heart disease. These man-made fats are much worse for you than any other natural fat, even the saturated fats found in butter, cheese and beef, she said.
Trans fat promotes heart disease by raising bad cholesterol, which clogs arteries, while lowering good cholesterol, which guards against heart attacks.
The most important thing Sherry told me is this: Trans fats do the same thing in our bodies that grease does to kitchen sinks, they can ‘clog the pipes’ that feed the heart and brain, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.