Another reason to nix trans fats
Trans fats vs. your brain
We all know that trans fats are bad for us, but a new study published in the journal Neurology has now linked trans fats to Alzheimer’s disease—the resulting data suggests a 50 percent to 75 percent increase in the risk of dementia for those with a diet heavy in trans fats. Researchers followed 1,600 Japanese men and women without dementia over a 10-year period. People with the highest levels of trans fats in their blood were found to be more likely to develop dementia than those with the lowest levels, as both the brain and the cardiovascular system are affected dramatically by trans fats. So, what are these dangerous fats and where do they come from? They are a type of unsaturated fat that naturally occurs in small amounts in meat and milk products and in alarmingly high amounts in processed foods containing partially hydrogenated oils.