No more trans fats to raise blood pressure!

FDA bans trans fats that raise blood pressure and increase risk of heart attacks and strokes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that foods prepared with trans fats will be phased out of the U.S. food supply over the next 3 years. Trans fats are the artificially manufactured fats and oils used for fried fast foods and in many baked goods. They have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

trans fats cause high blood pressure and heart disease

Consuming foods high in trans fats causes a build up of these fats in your body, particularly arteries and blood vessels. Excess fat in your arteries prevents your blood vessels from contracting and expanding normally, damaging the arteries, which leads to high blood pressure. Along with increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke, high blood pressure can also cause premature aging, sexual dysfunction, kidney failure, eye damage, blood clots and aneurysms.According to a research study of 140,000 patients, for every 2% increase in the amount of energy people get from trans fats, their risk of heart disease increases by 23%!

FDA ban on trans fats is a victory for heart health

This decision by the FDA to ban trans fats, although long in coming and still three years from taking full effect, is still a great victory for heart health. Some of the country’s largest restaurant chains had already recognized the dangers and cut trans fat from their menus, including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

What fats should you eat instead?

Eat monounsaturated (like in olive oil, avocados, nuts) and polyunsaturated fats (like in salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts, canola oil) which can reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and minimize artery blockage.