Be cautious about the food that you are eating since it can have an impact on the health of your baby and you. When making decisions about the food that you eat try to minimize the amount of artificial trans-fats that you eat.
There are artificial trans-fats and natural trans-fats (which are not a health concern). The natural ones are found in some milk and some meats.
Artificial transfats are in processed foods - such as cookies, french fried potatoes, margarines and other foods. Try to avoid these food choices as much as possible.
Having too much artifical trans-fats in your diet could result in an increased risk of heart disease. This is because artificial trans-fats can cause an increase in the "negative-type" of cholesterol (LDL) and at the same time cause a drop in the level of the "positive-type" cholesterol (HDL) in your body. All of this may cause a increase in the risk of heart disease.
Eating too much artificial trans-fats has a higher negative effect on women than on men. It can result in higher blood pressure for a woman during pregnancy - it may cause a bay to be born early. It has also been linked to an increased risk of infertility and to lower birth weights.
If your baby is nursing then the transfats in your body - the "natural" and the "artificial" transfats are being fed to your baby.
Because reducing the amount of "artificial" transfats is so important to your health and your baby's well-being we have compiled a list of things you can do to reduce the intake of them.
* be aware of the negative effects of artificial trans fats
* when you shop read the product labels and whenever possible select items that have zero grams of trans fat or products that are trans fat free
* on product labels look for the phrase "partially hydrogenated oil." If you see this phrase in the list of ingredients on the label, it means the product contains trans fat.
* look for products that are made with no fat or the least amount of fat - buy leaner cuts of meat and dairy products like milk that are low fat.
* when selecting soft margarines look for products that are labeled as being free of trans fat or made with non-hydrogenated fat
* reduce the amount of fried food in your diet. When you do fry your foods switch to more healthy cooking oils. Use oils that are rich in monounsaturated fats and are low in saturated fats - oils like canola or extra virgin olive. Some of the healthier-choice oils like olive oil have the added bonus of containing phytochemicals that may help lower blood cholesterol levels and protect against some cancers.
* try using a non sticking cooking spray to coat your pan when frying foods. These products used in large amounts are not healthy since they are pure fat - the small amount that you use to eliminate food sticking to your pan will not add very much fat to your meal.
* when you eat out, ask about the trans fat content of foods on the menu
* when you choose to eat more seafood, fish, cereals, vegetables, nuts, fruit, whole grain products (ex. bread) you will lower the amount of "artificial" trans fats in your diet.
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