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Trans Fats In Processed Foods Increase The Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease By 75%


According to a newly published study, people with high levels of trans fats in the blood have a 50% to 75% higher risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Talking about this study, Dr. Neelum T. Aggarwal, leader of the Alzheimer Disease Prevention Center in Chicago, said: 
"It has proved that there is a link between a diet high in trans fat with negative effects on brain or cognition, in addition to cardiovascular effects as we know it ".

A meaningful study

More than 1,600 Japanese men and women without dementia who participated in the study were followed over a 10-year period. Prior to the start of the study, they were given a blood test of trans fat levels and their diets were also analyzed.

The researchers then adjusted other factors that could affect the risk of dementia, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. As a result, they found that the two people with the highest levels of trans fats were up to 52% and 74% more likely to suffer from dementia than those with the lowest trans fat levels.

Dr Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill School of Medicine at Cornell University (New York), said: 

"This study used trans fat concentrations in the blood, instead of using tables. question about diet, thus increasing the scientific value of the results The results of the study are really significant because it is based on previous evidence of a high fat diet chemistry may increase the risk of Alzheimer's dementia. "

Trans fats "present" in many foods are still used every day

A small amount of trans fat can appear naturally in some foods from meat and milk, but the concern comes from Artificial trans fat.

Also known as trans fatty acids, artificial trans fats are created by an industrial process by using hydrogenated vegetable oils to make them firmer or harder and may become into cakes.

The food industry is extremely fond of trans fats because it makes the price of the product cheaper, to last longer and food more delicious.

Besides fried foods, trans fats are found in coffee cream dough, cakes, crusts, frozen pizzas, biscuits, crackers, biscuits and a lot of processed foods. other.

The researchers found that pastries were the biggest contributor to higher trans fat levels. Next is margarine, then candy, caramel, croissant, non-dairy creamer, cream and rice crackers.


After in-depth research showed a link between trans fats and an increase in bad cholesterol (LDL), combined with a reduction in good cholesterol (HDL), the Food Administration and American pharmaceuticals banned trans fats in 2015.

Companies have three years to prepare to stop using them. But even if regulatory enforcement started earlier this year, that doesn't mean trans fats have disappeared from grocery shelves. According to the FDA, if a serving of food contains less than 0.5 grams, companies can still label the food as "0 grams" of trans fat.

But even in small doses, artificial trans fats can contribute to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other conditions, such as dementia.

Dr. Toshiharu Ninomiya, a professor at Kyushu University in Fukuoka (Japan), author of this study, said: 
"In the US, a small amount of trans fat is still allowed in food, so if all "People who eat these foods in large portions will still accumulate trans fat. Meanwhile, other countries have not even banned it yet."

Dr Isaacson warned: 

"People at risk still need to pay close attention to nutrition labels. The fewer ingredients on the nutrition label, the better. Focus on pure, natural foods and minimize them. or avoid highly processed foods. "

Dr. Aggarwal emphasized: 

"This message must be sent to countries where the ban on trans fat has not been enacted or difficult to enforce.

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