Welcome to the Quality Counts. For those health conscious consumers and medical professionals that are looking to purchase nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, learning about medications, losing weight, health food, low carbs, high protein nutrition, and exercise, you have come to the right place. Quality Counts serves both the medical practitioner and consumer interested in nutritional therapy and alternative medicine.
Home > Anti-aging Research > Trans Fatty Acids
Trans Fatty Acids
News & Research:
trans fat consumption linked to greater aggression, researchers find -
Science Daily, 3/13/12 - "The study of nearly 1,000
men and women provides the first evidence linking dTFAs with adverse
behaviors that impacted others, ranging from impatience to overt aggression
... We found that greater trans fatty acids were significantly associated
with greater aggression, and were more consistently predictive of aggression
and irritability, across the measures tested, than the other known
aggression predictors that were assessed"
Alzheimer's: Diet patterns may keep brain from shrinking - Science
Daily, 12/29/11 - "People with diets high in several
vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain
shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease than people whose diets are
not high in those nutrients ... Those with diets high in omega 3 fatty acids
and in vitamins C, D, E and the B vitamins also had higher scores on mental
thinking tests than people with diets low in those nutrients ... people with
diets high in trans fats were more likely to have brain shrinkage and lower
scores on the thinking and memory tests than people with diets low in trans
fats" - See
Mega Twin EPA at iHerb
Jarrow Max DHA at iHerb.
Eating poorly can make you blue: Trans-fats increase risk of depression,
while olive oil helps avoid risk - Science Daily, 1/26/11 -
"the participants with an elevated consumption of
trans-fats (fats present in artificial form in industrially-produced
pastries and fast food, and naturally present in certain whole milk
products) "presented up to a 48% increase in the risk of depression when
they were compared to participants who did not consume these fats," ... In
addition, the study demonstrated a dose-response relationship, "whereby the
more trans-fats were consumed, the greater the harmful effect they produced
in the volunteers," ...Furthermore, the team, ... also analyzed the
influence of polyunsaturated fats (abundant in fish and vegetable oils) and
of olive oil on the occurrence of depression. "In fact, we discovered that
this type of healthier fats, together with olive oil, are associated with a
lower risk of suffering depression,""
fructose, trans fats lead to significant liver disease, says study -
Science Daily, 6/22/10 - "mice fed the normal
calorie chow diet remained lean and did not have fatty liver disease. Mice
fed high calorie diets (trans-fat alone or a combination of trans-fat and
high fructose) became obese and had fatty liver disease ... it was only the
group fed the combination of trans-fat and high fructose which developed the
advanced fatty liver disease which had fibrosis ... This same group also had
increased oxidative stress in the liver, increased inflammatory cells, and
increased levels of plasma oxidative stress markers"
Eating Fish, Nuts And Olive Oil May Be Associated With Reduced Risk Of
Age-related Blindness - Science Daily, 5/15/09 -
"Individuals who consumed higher levels of trans-unsaturated fats—found in
baked goods and processed foods—were more likely to have late AMD, whereas
those who consumed the most omega-three fatty acids were less likely to have
early AMD. "Olive oil intake (100 milliliters or more per week vs. less than
1 milliliter per week) was associated with decreased prevalence of late
AMD," the authors write. "No significant associations with AMD were observed
for intakes of fish, total fat, butter or margarine.""
Oil Not A Healthy Substitute For Trans Fats, Study Finds - Science
Natural Oils Can Be Hydrogenated Without Making Unhealthy Trans Fats -
Science Daily, 1/23/09
Not All Trans Fats Are Equally Risky - WebMD, 3/7/08
Are trans fat substitutes really healthier? - CNN, 4/16/07
Trans Fats, Heart Risk: 'Strong' Link - WebMD, 3/26/07
Nutrition Researchers Provide The Skinny On Trans Fats - Science Daily,
McDonald's finally settles on trans-fat-free cooking oil - USA Today,
Trans Fats May
Increase Infertility - WebMD, 1/12/07
Trans Fats Up
Heart Disease Risk - WebMD, 11/15/06 -
"even those eating just 1.3 grams
per 1,000 calories per day were at increased risk ... That's not much, when
you consider that a typical serving of french fries has about 5 grams of
trans fats, a Danish has more than 3 grams, and even microwave popcorn has
Trans fat adds more pounds than other fat, research indicates - USA
Trans Fat Leads To Weight Gain Even On Same Total Calories, Animal Study
Shows - Science Daily, 6/19/06 - "Diets rich in trans fat cause a redistribution of fat tissue into the
abdomen and lead to a higher body weight even when the total dietary
calories are controlled"
Eat Trans Fat, Get
Big Belly - WebMD, 6/12/06 - "Trans fats make you fatter than other foods with the same number of
calories -- but that's not all ... trans fats increase the amount of
fat around the belly"
How Much Trans Fat
in Those Fries? - WebMD, 4/12/06
- How to
keep trans fats under control - MSNBC, 2/10/06 -
"But the Daily Value for saturated
fat is high for two reasons. It overestimates the amount needed by people
who should have less than 1,800 calories per day because they are sedentary
or overweight. It also overestimates how much the average person with high
blood cholesterol should have. Their saturated fat should be below seven
percent of their calorie total"
Trans Fats May Raise Risk of Gallstones - WebMD, 5/11/05 -
"those who consumed the most trans
fats had a 23% higher risk of gallstone disease than those who ate the least
amount of trans fats"
- Trans fat-free — the next food fad? - MSNBC, 1/18/05
- What’s Wrong with Trans Fats? - Delicious Living, 1/05
- Group Wants Trans Fats Banned - WebMD, 5/18/04
- Trans Fat Raises Bad Cholesterol - WebMD, 4/19/04
- Dietary Trans Fatty Acids Increase Small, Dense LDL Particles - Medscape, 9/2/03 -
"Consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (FAs)
is associated with a deleterious increase in small, dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol particles ... Accumulating evidence indicates that the size of LDL particles confers an independent risk, with small and dense particles being more atherogenic than are larger, less dense particles ... the diet enriched with saturated fat (butter) was
associated with the highest plasma LDL-cholesterol concentrations but, paradoxically, the largest LDL particles ... These data reinforce the importance of promoting diets that are low in saturated fat and that contain a minimal quantity of trans fatty acids"
- Targeting Trans Fatty Acids? - Dr. Weil, 7/29/03
Fessing Up to Fats - Time Magazine, 7/21/03 -
"Even small quantities of trans-fatty acids, we now know, raise bad cholesterol
and other blood fats. They may also reduce levels of HDL — or good — cholesterol and increase the risk of diabetes. And because of antiquated labeling rules, products that were practically swimming in trans-fatty acids could be called "fat-free.""
- Trans Fatty Acids - WebMD, 7/11/03 -
"Saturated fats and trans fat have bad effects on cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats
(such as olive oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and corn oil) have good effects ... If the ingredient list includes the words "shortening," "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" or "hydrogenated vegetable oil," the food contains trans fat. Because ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance, smaller
amounts are present when the ingredient is close to the end of the list"
- Food Labels to Include Trans Fat Content - WebMD, 7/9/03
- Is Butter Better? - Dr. Weil, 2/28/03 -
"margarine is made from liquid vegetable oils that are artificially
saturated (with hydrogen) to make them semisolid. This process changes the fat molecules making them capable of damaging arteries and raising the risk for heart attack. I believe that these oils also promote cancer, inflammation, damage to the immune system and premature aging. Some of this harm is due to unnatural
fat molecules (trans-fats) created in the hydrogenation process."
- Unhealthy Trans Fats Not Labeled on Foods - WebMD, 2/10/03 -
"[Trans fats] are there and they are not labeled ... Saturated fats are the only fats given special treatment on
a product's label. Yet trans fats are just as bad. They may even be worse ... Trans fat increases 'bad' LDL cholesterol -- in some studies more than saturated fat ... It also has a tendency to reduce 'good' HDL cholesterol, which saturated fat doesn't do ... Trans fat also increases blood
levels of two other bad actors. One is the kind of fat called triglycerides. The other is a particle called lipoprotein(a), which promotes clogged arteries ... Any
amount of trans fat is bad"
- New Report Says Only Safe Intake of Trans Fatty Acids is Zero - New Hope Natural Media, 8/30/02 -
"Studies show that these fats elevate total
cholesterol levels, decrease high-density lipoprotein (“good”) cholesterol, and interfere with essential fatty acids and with the liver’s detoxification system. There is circumstantial evidence that consuming trans fatty acids may increase the risk of
developing heart disease or cancer"
- Is New Improved [Smart Balance] Margarine Good for You? - Dr. Weil, 4/3/02 -
"While Smart Balance may be
better than most margarine – if you adhere to the specified "balance" of fats in the rest of your diet – my views about margarine remain unchanged. It is still fat, mostly unhealthy fat, and a highly processed food. The less processed food you eat, the better."
- Trans-Fatty Acids In Diet May Be Associated With First Heart Attack - Doctor's Guide, 2/20/02
- Hydrogenated Oils Affect Amount of Vitamin K Available to Bone - Doctor's Guide, 11/30/01 -
"Hydrogenation of plant oils decreases the amount of
vitamin K available to bone in consumers using food products containing the oils ... available data indicate that more than half of younger US adults do not meet the current guidelines governing adequate intake of the nutrient" - Another reason to stay away from the brands of peanut butter that are
hydrogenated. - Ben
- Trans Fats and Type II Diabetes - DrMirkin.com, 11/15/01 -
"Until labeling laws are changed, the only way to know whether a food contains trans fats is to
read the list of ingredients on any processed food. If you see the words "partially hydrogenated" in front of any vegetable oil, the food contains trans fats"
- Trans Fats Tops List of Heart Unhealthy Foods - WebMD, 7/13/01 -
"That treat you love probably contains trans fats, which not only affect your cholesterol levels, but also may harm the
functioning of your blood vessels. This dangerous combination may increase atherosclerosis, the hardening of your arteries ... A diet high in trans fats appears to be unhealthier than a diet that's "just high in saturated fats"
- 'Bad' Fats Found in Processed Foods Linked to Diabetes Risk - WebMD, 6/8/01 -
"Fats known as trans fatty
acids, commonly seen in these foods, already have been linked to heart disease and high cholesterol. Now a study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that limiting their consumption also can greatly lower diabetes risk"
- High Trans Fatty Acid Intake Linked To Coronary Heart Disease - Doctor's Guide, 3/9/01
- Trans Fatty Acids Enough of a Risk for the FDA to Consider New Labeling Laws - WebMD, 3/8/01 -
"Increasingly, scientific evidence is demonstrating that eating foods containing trans fatty acids
contributes to increases in LDL or "bad" cholesterol and decreases in HDL or "good" cholesterol. They also may have other negative effects on heart health. This is a major concern in North America, where intake of trans fatty acids, which are found not only in margarines but also in many baked goods as well as
processed and fast foods, is high and where heart disease is the leading cause of death . . . a 2% increase in trans fatty acid intake causes a 25% jump in the risk of heart disease . . . you are not doing yourself any favors by substituting trans fatty acids for saturated fats" - I feel that the producers of these
new "stanol" margarines are pulling a wall over customer's head because their products contain trans fatty acids. See "partially hydrogenated soybean oil" on their ingredients list. - Ben
- All Fats Are Not Created Equal, Trans Fats, Omega Fats, Good Fats, Bad Fats: Are You Confused? - WebMD, 7/4/00 -
"Trans fats act very much like saturated fat in raising cholesterol levels. They
also lower good HDL cholesterol, the protective cholesterol. ... Some people say they're actually worse than saturated fats"
Compared to Low Dietary Intake of trans-Fatty Acids Impairs Strength of Old and
Aerobic Capacity of Young SAMP8 Mice in Both Sexes - Lipids. 2013 Aug 18 -
"We studied the effects of trans-fatty acids (2 % of
total energy, TFA diet) on the loss of strength and aerobic exercise
capacity (VO2peak) with age. SAMP8 mice were studied at two ages (young, 25
weeks; old, 60 weeks) and on two diets (control vs TFA) ... There was a
significant age-related decline in total grip strength as well as that
normalized to fat-free mass (FFM) (p < 0.05) with a further decrease at old
age in these metrics of strength on the TFA diet vs control diet"
trans Fatty Acid Intake Is Associated with Increased Risk and n3 Fatty Acid
Intake with Reduced Risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - J Nutr. 2013 Mar 13 -
"diets high in TFAs, processed meats, and higher fat
dairy products were positively associated with NHL risk, whereas diets high
in n3 fatty acids and total seafood were inversely associated with risk"
Nutrients and risk of prostate cancer - Nutr Cancer. 2010
Aug;62(6):710-8 - "Intake of trans fat was
associated with the risk of PCa; the OR for the highest vs. the lowest
quartile was 1.45 (95% CI = 1.16-1.81); the association was apparently
stronger in subjects aged less than 65, normal weight men, and ever smokers.
An increased risk was also observed with increasing intake of sucrose and
disaccharides. In contrast, men in the highest quartile of cholesterol
intake were at lower risk of PCa. No association was found with intake of
total proteins, total fat, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats,
monosaccharides, and total carbohydrates. The findings provide evidence that
a diet low in trans fat could reduce PCa risk"
consumption and its association with age-related macular degeneration -
Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 May;127(5):674-80 - "Higher
trans-unsaturated fat intake was associated with an increased prevalence of
late AMD; the odds ratio comparing the highest with the lowest quartile of
trans fat was 1.76 (95% confidence interval, 0.92-3.37; P = .02). Higher
omega-3 fatty acid intake (highest quartile vs lowest quartile) was
inversely associated with early AMD (odds ratio, 0.85; 95% confidence
interval, 0.71-1.02; P = .03). Olive oil intake (> or =100 mL/week vs <1 mL/week)
was associated with decreased prevalence of late AMD (odds ratio, 0.48; 95%
confidence interval, 0.22-1.04; P = .03). No significant associations with
AMD were observed for intakes of fish, total fat, butter, or margarine"
Mega Twin EPA at iHerb
Jarrow Max DHA at iHerb.
fatty acids and trans fatty acids in patients with the metabolic syndrome: a
case-control study in Korea - Br J Nutr. 2008 Feb 28;:1-6 -
"trans fatty acids of erythrocytes (RBC) ... There
were significant positive relationships between trans fatty acids and waist
circumference, and between trans fatty acids and BMI. The results suggested
that RBC trans fatty acids might be a predictor of increased risk for the
metabolic syndrome, but n-3 fatty acids were not in this population"
A prospective study of trans-Fatty Acid levels in blood and risk of prostate
cancer - Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Jan;17(1):95-101 -
"The relative risks (95% confidence intervals; P
trend) comparing top with bottom quintile trans-fatty acid levels were 2.16
(1.12-4.17; 0.11) for 18:1n-9t, 1.97 (1.03-3.75; 0.01) for total 18:2t, and
2.21 (1.14-4.29; 0.06) for total trans-fatty acids"
Dietary Fats and the Risk of Incident Alzheimer Disease - Archives of Neurology, 2/03 -
"Intakes of saturated fat and trans-unsaturated fat
were positively associated with risk of
Alzheimer disease, whereas intakes of
-6 polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat were inversely associated. Persons in the upper fifth of saturated-fat intake had 2.2 times the risk of incident
Alzheimer disease compared with persons in the lowest fifth" - See the tables on my fatty acids page. For example, palm oil is 51% saturated fat while canola oil is 8% saturated.