Trans fats are the fats formed from partially hydrogenated oils are damaging to our health, they are present whenever you see those daunting words “hydrogenated fat” on the label. Damaging to our health? Yes they have been strongly linked to strokes, cardio health issues and high cholesterol, and some fear that they may promote infertility. From a food manufacturers point of view they are a cheap food, and although they have no nutritional benefits they do add bulk and texture and may make the product last a little longer.
However enough is enough according to some of our leading doctors who are demanding a ban on hydrogenated fats which are added to 1000s of processed foods including biscuits, cakes, ready-meals & margarine. The UK Faculty of Public Health is urging government ministers to eradicate these man made transfats from the UK diet. The plea for such a radical move is also supported by Royal Society for Public Health. The Faculty of Public Health represents 3,300 NHS doctors and health specialists plus local government.
‘Chemically-altered oils are used to bulk up foods and extend shelf-life. They have no nutritional value, raise cholesterol and the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes. The Royal College of GPs said ‘The evidence is indisputable…’
Hydrogenated fats are made by treating vegetable oils with hydrogen which turns oil into a hard artery-blocking fat.