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October 24th, 2014 | Leave a comment by   in Community Wellness, Health News Roundup, Neuroscience, Nutrition, Wellness & Prevention

Trans Fats Consumption Declines, Aluminum-Dementia Link Debated & Other News

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The amount of trans fats Americans eat has declined over the last 30 years, says a news study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The bad news: We're still eating more trans fats than recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Saturated fats and trans fats have been found to increase the risk of heart disease, raising bad cholesterol levels and lowering the "good" cholesterol. Between 1980 and 2009, the consumption of trans fat fell by about a third, while the intake of saturated fats also declined. But both are still too common in our daily diets. The AHA recommends that trans fats, which are found in partially hydrogenated oils and specified on nutrition labels, be kept to 1 percent or less of total calories consumed.  Saturated fats are found in products derived from animals, such as meat and full-fat dairy products, and in some tropical oils such as coconut or palm oil. Consumption of saturated fats dropped, but still accounts for...

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