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Trans Fats Increase a Woman’s Infertility Risk by 70 to 100 Percent, Study Finds

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests trans fats may increase a woman’s risk of fertility problems by 70 percent or more.

Unlike other fats, trans fats are neither required nor beneficial for health. Eating trans fats increase the body’s ratio of “bad” (LDL) to “good” (HDL) increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. Yet still they are regularly added to thousands of processed foods in order to extend their shelf life.

“There is already an overwhelming scientific case for banning trans fats,” said Oliver Tickell of the anti-trans-fat group TFX, “and this new evidence gives it considerable new weight and urgency.”

Researchers found that women who received 2 percent of their daily calories from trans fats rather than from carbohydrates or other unsaturated fats increased their risk infertility due to lack of ovulation by as much as 70 to 100 percent. This could equal just 4 grams of trans fats per day for a person with a 2,000 calorie diet.

“It’s really a small amount of fats that we observed having a significant effect on infertility,” said lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro.

Even though trans fats are required by U.S. law to be labeled on foods containing them, some consumers may not realize just how easy it is to consume a mere 4 grams or more a day. In fact, the law allows foods containing less than half a gram of trans fats per serving to be labeled as trans fat free.

Frank Mangano’s commentary:

Food companies are able to bamboozle consumers by simply lowering the serving size. For example, if 6 ounces of french fries contain 1 gram of trans fats, the manufacturer will simply lower the serving size to 3 ounces. Because that amount only contains 0.5 grams of trans fats, the label can technically read “Trans Fat Free”.

Aside from reading the nutritional facts, pay attention to the ingredients.

Remember, the more ingredients something has, the less the chances of it being natural. Be especially weary of ingredients “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils. These products are sure to have trans fats.  

Start removing the “bad fats” like trans fat from your diet and begin consuming an adequate amount of “good fats”, which is essential for optimal health and wellness.  An excellent source of essential fatty acids that I recommend is Carlson’s liquid fish and cod liver oil. This brand is high in Omega-3, which contains the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.

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