What role does trans-fatty acids play in the development of belly fat?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There's preliminary evidence that trans fatty acids, found in partially hydrogenated fats and oils, may contribute to belly fat. In animal studies, including some in primates (monkeys), diets rich in trans fats led to more belly fat, even when calories didn't go up. The high-trans-fat diet also increased insulin resistance, which increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and may contribute to obesity. There are no magic bullets in weight loss, but choosing foods that contain no trans fats may be good not only for your heart but for weight control.

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