Non-Dairy Creamer Is More Dangerous Than You ThinkFor many people, a morning cup of coffee is a refreshing ritual in their everyday lives. The caffeine in coffee can perk them up and provide an energy boost to start the day.
Some prefer their coffee black, while others like to add either cream or sugar, or both. But be aware that non-dairy creamer is more harmful to the body than you think!
Non-dairy creamer is made from a type of fat called “trans fat,” derived from normally healthy polyunsaturated oils such as soybeans. However, the oil is processed further by compressing hydrogen molecules into it. The resulting trans fat is then made into the powdered dairy creamer.
Trans fat is widely used in industries to make cakes, cookies, crunchy snacks, non-dairy butter, and non-dairy cream. In fact it is hard to find any baked products on store shelves that do not contain trans fat, because it adds consistency and taste to the product. The food label will either say “trans fat” or “hydrogenated oil.”
But scientists are now warning that trans fat is very harmful to the body. The non-dairy creamer you buy in the market contains mostly sugar and hydrogenated fat.
Too much trans fat simultaneously causes two harmful effects within the body’s arteries. Inside the body, trans fat increases the bad type of chloresterol in the blood, known as LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). At the same time, the trans fat is reducing the good type of chloresterol, known as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein).
Trans fat is more difficult for the body to process than other types of fat. The liver has to break down trans fats in a different way from ordinary fat, which can result in the following adverse effects on the body:
1. Excess increase in body fat and weight.
2. Liver function abnormalities.
3. A higher risk to develop diseases of the circulatory system, including diabetes, high blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, coronary heart disease, and atherothrombotic vascular disease.
The dangers of trans fats have been proven by researchers at Harvard university. They tracked about 80,000 people for 12 years in monitoring surveys. People were divided into groups based on their food choices.
The results of their health over the years were compared to see which group had more cardiovascular disease. The base group used for comparison were the people whose diet was high in carbohydrates.
Results showed that the group consuming a lot of trans fats had higher rates of coronary artery disease than the base group. Also, the group whose diet was high in saturated fats had a greater increase of coronary heart disease.
The healthiest group were those people who consumed mostly unsaturated fat. They had even less rates of diseases than the base group. The researchers proved that trans fat is even more harmful than animal fat.
Nowadays, with researchers regularly warning about some previously undiscovered danger in a processed food, it is wise to keep informed about the foods you eat to take care of your health.