Since April 1, Germany has a new standard for the content of trans fatty acids in food. Their content should not exceed two grams per 100 grams of the product. the content of trans fats in a concentration of more than 2% is unacceptable. The only exceptions are olive oil and baby food.
The World Health Organization has classified trans fatty acids, such as those found in fried foods, as particularly harmful to health.
Trans-isomers of fatty acids are fats with a modified chemical formula. In this form, they are less well absorbed by the body and can lead to cardiovascular diseases.
Explained in more detail, trans fats raise blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is blood fat that performs vital tasks such as making vitamin D, hormones, or bile acid. However, if too much cholesterol is circulating in the body, it can have dangerous consequences. Cholesterol can build up in blood vessels and cause them to constrict. This, in turn, can lead to a stroke or heart attack.
Trans fats are formed when heated – for example, they arise in vegetable oil when frying. Therefore, it is important not to use oil in which something has been re-cooked.
Fast food is the leader in the content of trans fats and saturated fatty acids, especially hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fried foods. Trans fats are often found in confectionery (for which the oil is hydrogenated), various snacks.
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