Fat is a necessary component in the Renal Diet of people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) because it helps transport vitamins like A, D, E and K throughout cells and make hormones like estrogen and testosterone. CKD patients can also benefit from certain dietary fats that have essential fatty acids which are good for the skin, make up linings of the body’s cells and help with nerve transmission. Still, too much fat and too much of the wrong fat can cause CKD patients major health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular events. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday November 7th, its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in food and are seeking to ban the food additive.
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Partially hydrogenated oils are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid for the preservation of flavor and texture in processed foods. Trans fats specifically can cause heart disease and other chronic degenerative conditions in the population at large with severely exaggerated results within the CKD Community whose members already suffer significant cardiovascular challenges.
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In more detail, fats come in two categories: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are found in meat and dairy products. These types of fats can raise Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), a cholesterol associated with clogged arteries and heart disease. The FDA recommends reducing the amount of saturated fats in your diet. Unsaturated fats that can be found in fish, nuts and certain oils are known to reduce bad cholesterol. Trans fat is widely considered the worst kind for your heart, even worse than saturated fat which can also contribute to heart disease.
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You will not be able to taste trans fats but you will know you are eating them by looking on the nutrition label of a packaged food. They are most commonly found in processed baked goods, ready-to-eat frosting and many restaurants use them to fry food. The FDA has required the labeling of trans fats since 2006 which has prompted many companies to preemptively phase them out. KidneyBuzz.com recommends that people with CKD choose to eat foods that are low in both saturated fats and trans fats, or avoid them entirely for a successful healthy diet. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that saturated fats as a whole should only be approximately 10% of a diet. The number may be very different for individuals within the CKD Community. Your dietitian should be able to structure a unique renal diet tailored to your specific needs, but ensure to limit foods with trans fats.
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