About Trans Fats

How do trans fats harm health?

Research has shown that trans fats are worse than saturated fats in their overall impact on heart health.

Studies done on large populations have implicated trans fats as playing a role in chronic diseases such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

In pregnant and lactating women, trans fats can interfere with the essential fatty acid metabolism. This could have negative outcomes on foetal development.

Does palm oil contain trans fats?

No. Palm oil does not need hydrogenation as its natural semi-solid properties make it highly suitable in food formulations. Therefore, food products containing palm oil as the sole or main fat ingredient are essentially free of harmful trans fats.

How can I tell whether a food product contains trans fats?

Read the food product labels for words like ‘hydrogenation’ and ‘partial hydrogenation’. These words suggest that the product contains trans fats.

Whenever you are unable to obtain such information, your best bet would be to reach for a palm-oil based product. It is essentially free of trans fats.

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