Trans fatsare unsaturated fats that can negatively affect your health. This blog discusses the side effects of trans-fats, from supporting weight gain to causing coronary artery disease.

Fats play important roles in human health. But, to be realistic, some fat types, especially trans-fats, are deadly. Despite being affordable and long-lasting, these fats haveside effects that may compromise your health. Health professionals have advised people to avoid trans fats for health purposes. Foods with healthy fats include eggs, nuts, avocado, chia seeds, dark chocolate, and fatty fish.

What are Trans-Fats?

Trans-fats are unsaturated fats that can negatively affect your health. These fats can be naturally occurring or artificial.  Naturally-occurring trans-fats are made in the gut of certain animals and foods from these animals.  Common animal foods with naturally- occurring fats include milk and meat products. On the other hand, artificial trans-fats are industrial products manufactured by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils. The end products are more solid fats that can also be used for home cooking. In 2013, the   Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA declared hydrogenated oils unsafe for human consumption.  While they are easy to use and less costly, artificial fats have side effects that compromise your health. These side effects include;

Heart Disease

Trans-Fats contribute to high cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, resulting in heart disease.Increased cholesterol levels block the arteries preventing the sufficient flow of blood. This conditionhas captured the attention of health professionals in the world.However, efforts to pinpoint the exact cure of this disease have not been fruitful.As a result, heartdisease patients experience many difficulties, making some lose hope for life. Therefore, it is time to stop taking trans fats to lead a healthy life. Foods that provide healthy fats alternatives to trans fats include avocado, chia seeds, and nuts.

Weight Gain

Trans fats support weight gain. Foods rich in trans fats distribute fat tissues into the abdomen resulting in weight gain. This implies that if you intended to lose weight, you must eliminate them from your diet. Weight gain is attached to health problems that can be costly to manage. For instance, it leads to type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, and osteoarthritis.


Trans fats are among the top causes of diabetes. This life-threatening condition has several symptoms, including thirst, loss of weight, blurry vision, dry skin, hunger, frequent urinating, especially at night, numb or tingling hands and feet. Therefore, avoid using trans fats for health purposes.Moreover, be careful when buying processed foods to avoid eating trans fats.Read the label before shopping for processed food. However, some labels may not reflect the ingredientsused in the food. For safety, prepare your food at home.

Increases Cancer Risks

Trans fats lower your HDL cholesterolresulting in various types of cancer. Therefore, you are advisedto visit your doctor frequently for a check-up to identify the tumor early enough and prevent it from spreading in the body. Furthermore, avoid foods rich in trans fats.If you do not know where to start, read from dietitian’s journals to know the best foods for your health.


Stroke is caused by high blood cholesterollevels. The condition occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This leads to the death of brain cells due to oxygen and nutrients deficiency. Furthermore, it is a dangerous disease that claims many people’s lives in the world every year. It affects language, moods, eyes, hearing, and movement.Stroke patients may experience weakness, pain, fatigue, paralysis, burning sensations, and poor coordination.You can avoid stroke by eating healthy fats from eggs and avocado.

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is a dangerous disease that can leave one in debt after spending thousands of dollars on medication.Typically, corona artery disease is the narrowing or blocking of the coronary artery caused by a build-up of trans fats materials. The condition can attach one with high or low cholesterol levels in the blood. The disease is symptomized by dizziness, weakness, nausea, tiredness, and chest discomfort.  Additionally, it may show different symptoms in women, such as cold sweat, anxiety, pains in the neck, shoulders, abdomen, or back.Alternative fats to transfats are obtained from avocado, fish, chia seeds, nuts, and eggs.


Trans fats are harmful to humanhealth.These fats can cause chronic diseases, including diabetes, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease. Several types of fats can be used as an alternative to trans fats. These healthy fats are obtained from natural foods, including avocado, fatty fish, chia seeds, nuts, eggs, and dark chocolate.Carefully read the labels on processed foods to avoid buying products that may compromise your health.

Crystal Kadir

MS, Durham University GP The work of a family doctor includes a wide range of clinical diversity, which requires extensive knowledge and erudition from a specialist. However, I believe that the most important thing for a family doctor is to be human because the cooperation and understanding between the doctor and the patient are crucial in ensuring successful health care. On my days off, I love being in nature. Since childhood, I have been passionate about playing chess and tennis. Whenever I have time off, I enjoy traveling around the world.