Unhealthy Fats Increase Cancer Risk

Fats are actually necessary in maintaining a healthy and balanced nutrition. But we need to consume good fats. A diet with plenty of bad fats has been found to not only increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, but of cancer as well.

Bad fats

The worst of the "bad fats" are saturated fats and trans fats.

Saturated fats primarily come from animal products such as meat and seafood, whole-fat milk and milk products, and eggs. A 20-year Harvard University Study called the Nurses Study, showed that saturated fats were "correlated with a higher incidence of endometrial cancer."

Trans fats – also called hydrogenated oils – on the other hand, come from heating vegetable oils. They are found chiefly in fried foods, margarines, baked goods, and processed foods. Trans fats have been associated with the increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Lowering trans fat consumption

Because trans fats increase your risks for several serious diseases such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, heart disease, and several others, it is important to lower your trans fat intake. Below are tips from The Harvard School of Public Health (via helpguide.com) on how to reduce your trans fat consumption:

  • Check the ingredients list on food labels before purchasing them. A lot of foods contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils that sometimes it can’t be avoided. Choose products that list hydrogenated oils towards the end of their ingredient list.
  • Opt for liquid vegetable oils or a soft tub or margarine that contain little or zero trans fats.
  • Lower your consumption of commercially prepared baked goods, processed foods, and fast foods.
  • Just to be on the safe side, assume that all of these products contain trans fat unless their label claims otherwise.

Source: helpguide.com