Trans Fat

Updated: Apr 9

We usually think in terms of black and white because it is the easiest way to think. An example of this is trans fats or hydrogenated oils are bad. This idea has been popularized by large companies such as McDonald's, Wendys, Burger King, Healthy Life, and General Mills. Manufactured trans fat is almost impossible to get rid of because the human body is not designed to process anything unnatural without a hormone being changed. What about natural trans fat which is sourced from animals that eat a proper diet consisting of mainly organic foods?

Trans fat, unsaturated fats, is found naturally in meat and dairy products. This kind of trans fat is actually trans vaccenic acid (VA) and is broken down into conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Conjugated linoleic acid is helpful for losing weight, building muscle, and lowering the risk of heart disease. 3-6% of the total fat in dairy products is trans fat, while 3-9% of the total fat found in meat is trans fat. This does not mean that meat and dairy are super good for you, there has to be a balance. Think about it the more muscle you have on your frame, the more energy you have to consume to maintain that lean mass, leaving less energy for your brain. In other words, muscle and brain function is an inverse relationship. Another way of thinking about this is looking at the great apes and their diets, which are mostly plants and they occasionally eat insects.

All these large companies that popularized trans fat have a long-standing customer base, have already been in the industry for over 150 years, and probably have influence in the government. Therefore companies do not care about the consumer's health and the media has a habit of simplifying information to the point where it is untrue, making the public think that all trans fat is bad, that manufactured trans fat is the same as natural trans fat. This world has colors, not only black and white.












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