Dietitians have been warning us for years about the dangerous health effects associated with an increased consumption of trans fats, which are commonly found in fried foods and most pre-baked goods. Trans fats can wreak havoc on your health on many different levels: they do increase the risk for obesity (and they have little to no real nutritional value), they can increase the risk for heart disease (especially if you are already predisposed to it), and they also harden the artery walls, increase the blood pressure and increase the levels of bad cholesterol, all of which can severely affect your health in the long run. Otherwise stated, if you want to lose weight and to stay fit and healthy in the long run, they make sure to steer clear from trans fats.
However, a recent study has revealed the fact that in addition to all the frightening side effects of trans fats that we are all more than aware of, there is yet another equally scary effect that people might experience if they eat trans fats regularly, over an extended period of time: memory loss. If you have recently noticed that you have a hard time remembering where your car keys are or things that would otherwise come into your mind rather quickly, then the trans fats might actually be the problem behind your short term memory loss.
Trans fats are so dangerous for you that the FDA, or the Food and Drug Administration, has recently took a step forward in order to eliminate most of the trans fats present in our food, primarily the hydrogenated oils, which are often to blame for a wide array of chronic illnesses. That being said, the partially hydrogenated oils will require permission from the Food and Drug Administration in the near future, before being added as food additives to pre-baked foods and such. This is a tremendously important step for health-conscious individuals who are well-aware of the dangerous effects of trans fats, and who want to limit their intake.