How One Trans Fat Could Boost Your Health
A new study by researchers at Harvard University says a trans fat could give your health a big boost.
It’s called trans-palmitoleic acid (TPA). It’s a natural trans fat – found mostly in dairy products. And, unlike the trans fats found in margarines, baked goods and other processed foods; it hasn’t been linked to heart trouble.
But this new study says it may promote better health several ways…
- Lower levels of body fat
- Higher levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol
- Lower levels of triglycerides – fats circulating in the blood
- Lower levels of C-reactive protein – a warning sign of heart trouble
- Up to 60% lower risk of blood sugar problems
The researchers found that higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid promoted all these positive traits.1 But even if you eat a fair amount of dairy, you may not be getting much TPA.
The problem is that TPA is a component of dairy fat. So low-fat dairy products don’t contain much. The best sources are full-fat dairy foods… the very foods you’ve been told for years to avoid.
We already know that dairy is a great source of protein and calcium. You need plenty of protein to build and maintain muscle mass. Calcium promotes bone health – and may help your body slow down fat accumulation.2 Cultured dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, have the added benefit of probiotics – “good” bacteria that promote digestive health.
When you add in the benefits from this new study, full-fat dairy starts to look like a tremendous nutrition bargain. Especially considering how high your risk for blood sugar trouble really is.
The National Institutes of Health says more than 1 of every 10 adults has a serious blood sugar problem. But that number jumps to almost 1 in 4 by age 60.3 Those aren’t good odds. So anything that could cut your risk by as much as 60% is great news.
This study still has to be confirmed by clinical trials. But we already know dairy offers some big health benefits. So I don’t see a down side to eating a few servings of full-fat dairy products every week.
Adding fresh fruit to unsweetened yogurt is a great way to enjoy dairy. Berries are especially good. They add sweetness, provide plenty of fiber and add a huge antioxidant boost. To get yogurt’s full benefit, be sure it contains live, active cultures.
Another plus for yogurt: It contains less lactose – milk sugar – than most other dairy products. So it’s less likely to cause digestive problems.
Yogurt and berries make a terrific breakfast. And if this new study is confirmed, they may also help you avoid the hassle and expense of trying to manage out-of-control blood sugar. All thanks to a healthy trans fat.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 Mozaffarian D, et al. Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults – A Cohort Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, December 20, 2010, vol. 153, no. 12, 790-799.
2 Heaney RP, et al. Calcium and Weight: Clinical Studies. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 21, No. 2, 152S-155S (2002).
3 See http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/.