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Trans fatty acid may be another cause of weight gain in the global populations, believes a group of scientists from Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, United Kingdom and published in the 2011 issue of the International Journal of Obesity.

Trans fatty acids comes from hydrogenated fat used in baked goods and treats. They are also found naturally in beef and dairy products. The increased consumption of trans fatty acids of the modern population has drastically increased the risk of most patients to the development of coronary heart disease. Susequent researchers also link this kind of fatty acid with the increasing trend of diabetes and cancer. However, little is still known with the possible relationship between increased ingestion of trans fatty acids and weight gain and obesity.

In this study, researchers were able to demonstrate that trans fatty acids may really have a direct connection with the increasing rate of overweight and obesity in the global population. However, further clinical trials are still needed to further establish this fact.


International Journal of Obesity; Trans fatty acids and weight gain; Thompson, A.K. et al.; 2011



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