Trans-Fats in Fast Foods
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
The Truly Unhealthy Fatty Acid
If you're wanting to gain a higher level of health while losing pounds, then staying away from foods that are mined with such is an excellent starting point.
Even for those individuals who aren't seeking to lower the numbers on their bathroom scales - eradicating Trans fats from their daily diet may save them from future health woes - such as heart attack and stroke. Not fun things...
But of course, the foods that contain such are sure fun to eat.
Most are very flavorful because fatty acids are one of the things that increase flavors; the same applies to salt which is one of the most inexpensive seasonings at the market.
It's why restaurants make use of such with a heavy hand at times - to add more flavor, to hide the blandness of at times, an inferior product.
One of the hot spots where these babies live is at common favorite fast food establishments. At this writing, the following data chart depicts the number of gram (G) contained in popular items off the menus.
From the menu, the following selections contain the most grams of Trans fat: Baked Apple Pie at almost 5 grams, fries with the large contains 8 g, and the cinnamon roll selections. Note that the apple pie is a baked item; generally we associate risk factors with fried foods but such is not always the case.
Items to monitor on the menu include the following selections: Nachos Bellgrande at 7 grams and the Taco Salad - although it's a salad and even if it is prepared Fresco Style. Unfortunately, the nutrition facts indicate that the leanest grind of the beef isn't being used and an unhealthy content of fatty acids is the result.
The Health Factor
Why is this type of lipid so unhealthy? So risky to the body's welfare?
Trans-fats encourage abdominal weight gain, commonly referred to as belly fat.
We've all heard by now the famous apple-pear theory, of how apples tend to be in worse shape than pears and are at higher risk for some diseases - such as heart related.
Along this line, Trans as well as other lipids such as saturated fats collect in the abdominal region, thus rendering that apple shape in some individuals.
Those that are of the pear shaped variety will store the excess energy in the lower extremities of the body - the hips and thighs.
Why doesn't everyone store excess energy alike? Because of the composite of the gene pool which chiefly decides our longevity and quality of health.
While it's king, there are things that we can do to combat those undesirable genes and their negative impact on our body. Such as limiting foods that contain the unhealthy, offending elements.
Trans Fat Grams in Fast Foods
At this writing, the following fast food restaurant menu items contained the following amounts of Trans Fat grams.
BK Original Chicken Sandwich, 1 item = 1.8 g
Biggie Fries = 5.7 g
Quarter Pounder With Cheese = 1.7 g
The following menu items each contain 0.5 grams of Trans fat:
These menu items each contain 1 gram of Trans fat:
Grilled Steak Soft Taco
These selections each contain 1.5 Trans fat gram:
We're traveling into new territory where Trans fat lives in higher amount as these menu selections each contain 2 grams of Trans fat:
Chalupa Baja - Beef
Menu Selection which contain 2.5 Trans fat grams:
Southwest Steak Bowl
Let's view those with 3 grams:
1/2 lb Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito
The Trans fat content spikes with the following Taco Bell recipes: the Crunchwrap Supreme™, the Mexican Pizza and the 1/2 pound Beef & Potato Burrito as all contain 3.5 Trans fat grams.
The Fiesta Taco Salad contains 5 grams.
However, the king of Trans fat goes to the Nachos BellGrande® with a hefty 7 grams.
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