In the first level of this Nutrition Plan, I said that fats are not the villains that we once believed them to be. Saturated and monounsaturated fats from high-quality sources can actually bring you whole-body benefits. However, if there’s a type of fat that you need to avoid as much as possible, it should be trans fats.
In this level, you should strive to eliminate all trans fats from your diet. Trans fats play a role in promoting inflammation in your body, a benchmark of various chronic diseases, and interfere with basic cell membrane function.
Fred Kummerow, Ph.D. started his research on trans fats’ dangers on humans in 1957. He noticed a rising pattern of deaths because of heart disease, and after carefully analyzing various samples and data, he noted that consumption of foods rich in trans fats greatly contributed to blood clots, leading to many deaths. By eating trans fats, you significantly raise your risk of a whole host of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
I interviewed Kummerow in June 2015, and we discussed his journey in discovering the negative effects of trans fats, which culminated in a lawsuit against the FDA. He won this case, and now trans fats cannot be used in food items in the U.S. unless authorized by the agency. Watch my one-on-one interview with Kummerow below: