The Sunday Times
FOR the potbellied there is a new excuse. It is not the beer, it’s the biscuits, write Jonathan Leake and Will Iredale.
A study has found that the “hydrogenated”, or processed, fats used to cut manufacturing costs of foods such as biscuits and cakes can alter body shape, leading to potbellies.
People who eat a lot of pastry and ready meals containing hydrogenated fats are likely to put on weight more quickly around the stomach — an area where even small deposits can accelerate ill health — than if they consume naturally occurring fats.
Previous studies have shown that hydrogenated vegetable fats can contribute to heart disease, narrowing of blood vessels and diabetes.