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The Testosterone Report Diet 3: eradicate trans-fats In the next section we will start with the more “controversial” point (controversial only because we have been brainwashed so much about certain issue that probably we will freak out) but in the meantime another diet change we must adopt is to eliminate, completely, trans-fats, also known as partial hydrogenated fats. Do you remember when I said that almost nothing here is bad “per se”. Well, trans-fats are, they are pure evil, so 0% is the recommended dosage. In recent years this has been a widespread recommendation so we won’t have much trouble avoiding them, but many things still have them in their ingredients. For those who don’t know what the hell trans-fats are, they are made by a chemical process called partial hydrogenation. Liquid vegetable oil does not look good when added to some foods (imagine your cookies wet and dripping some awful liquid plant oil when you open the box), so the food industry started to pack hydrogen with it, it seemed like a good idea because, in that way, vegetable oils become a solid fat (think of “butter-like” fat), the food manufacturers rejoiced because it can be used as margarine, for example, or in a lot of industrial foods because it’s creamy, it melts at a high point, has smooth texture… That way the damn cookies become again tasty and deliciously greasy without dripping. For some reason we came to think that vegetable = healthy every time (big mistake, by the way) and there were times where margarine was “healthy” because it came from vegetables (and a nice industrial process involving hydrogen, but that’s only a little detail that seemed insignificant), meanwhile good old butter was “bad” because it came from an animal, but here is the thing, trans- fats are really awful, being related to cancer 11 , high blood pressure and even some hydrogenated vegetable oils have been found to directly decrease testosterone 12 . Even if they didn’t do all that, they are not very good for our purpose of becoming fit for the next installment of the 300 movie. Those fats are a strange modern creation and our bodies are not prepared to deal with them very well, messing around with everything. Research a little bit and you will see. Rule number one to start avoiding them: eliminate fast food for good. Rule number two: read the labels. 11 Lisa C. Vinikoor, Jane C. Schroeder, Robert C. Millikan, Jessie A. Satia, Christopher F. Martin, Joseph Ibrahim, Joseph A. Galanko, and Robert S. Sandler Consumption of trans-Fatty Acid and Its Association with Colorectal Adenomas Am. J. Epidemiol. (2008) 168(3): 289-297 doi:10.1093/aje/kwn13 12 J Toxicol Sci. 2010;35(5):743-7. Testosterone-lowering activity of canola and hydrogenated soybean oil in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat. Okuyama H, Ohara N, Tatematsu K, Fuma S, Nonogaki T, Yamada K, Ichikawa Y, Miyazawa D, Yasui Y, Honma S. 15