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How Bad Are Trans Fats?

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Some of the most worrisome fats in human diets are the trans fatty acids found in shortening, margarine and processed foods such as cookies and crackers. Although trans fats have been removed from many foods, they are still present in a variety of baked goods and other products.

Researchers have been concerned that eating foods with trans fats could raise blood sugar and insulin levels. Harvard scientists have analyzed the results from seven trials and found that trans fats did not raise blood sugar but do send total and LDL cholesterol soaring. Good HDL cholesterol dropped significantly. These negative effects on blood fats suggest that it still makes sense to search for foods without trans fatty acids to protect your heart.

[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November, 2012]

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Question for you guys. My cholesterol is very low, 110. How does one increase that number in a healthy way?

I've read that under 150 there are a number of biological things that don't work right in the body so I am concerned. Also I've read that low cholesterol is correlated with cancer... which may be true. I am a two year cervical cancer survivor.

My heart was damaged from my shoulder harness during an auto accident so I've also had a lot of heart problems. No atherosclerosis at all or clogged arteries... well other than the one that got hit and chelation therapy took care of that 70% blockage. The nerve nodes got whacked badly and so I've had ablation to get rid of the atrial fibrillation and tachycardia problem.

The fats that I eat are real organic butter, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil and sometimes almond or avocado oil (for making mayonnaise). This diet has been great for my hubby's high cholesterol and has lowered his level 100 points over the last several years.

Doesn't help my low cholesterol. I don't really want to eat the hydrogenated fats as I'm not sure that is a healthy solution.

Is it only a heart issue? What about cancer?

A whole body scan was done early this year for follow up on the cervical cancer treatment and the cancer is all gone. Thank you for asking.

Anybody with ideas about how to increase too low cholesterol? I have read that it is worse than high cholesterol for heart health but before the car accident (shoulder harness trauma) I had no heart problems. I was a runner and my normal pulse was usually 44-45.

Many years ago I got into a microwave popcorn habit-yeah, really bad..one or two whole bags a day! My cholesterol hit mid 200 and my Dr. had a fit. He told me I better find out what I was doing wrong. Took a trip through the fridge, freezer and kitchen cupboards to figure it out. In the last cupboard I found the culprit. I read the popcorn ingredients and knew immediately. We bought an electric popper and I use palm oil in the bottom and real melted butter with pressed garlic on the top of the popcorn. The numbers went down really quickly!

Ideas guys?

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