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TRANS-FATS LINKED TO BREAST CANCER RISK _http://www.precauti on.org/lib/ 08/prn_transfats _and_breast_ cancer.080412. htm_ (http://www.precauti on.org/lib/ 08/prn_transfats _and_breast_ cancer.080412. htm) [Rachel's introduction: "A high serum level of trans-monounsaturat ed fatty acids, presumably reflecting a high intake of industrially processed foods, is probably one factor contributing to increased risk of invasive breast cancer in women."] Boston Globe, April 12, 2008 By Reuters WASHINGTON -- Trans-fats, which are being phased out of food because they clog arteries, may raise the risk of getting breast cancer, European researchers _reported yesterday_ (http://www.precauti on.org/lib/ transfats_ and_breast_ cancer.080601. pdf) . They found that women with the highest blood levels of trans-fats had about twice the risk of breast cancer compared with women with the lowest levels. "At this stage, we can only recommend limiting the consumption of processed foods, the source of industrially produced trans-fatty acid," the researchers wrote in the _American Journal of Epidemiology_ (http://www.precauti on.org/lib/ transfats_ and_breast_ cancer.080601. pdf) . Trans-fats or trans-fatty acids are made in creating artificially hardened fats -- in the process of hydrogenization, for instance. They were, ironically, meant to be healthful replacements for arteryclogging saturated fats such as butter and lard. But the process of making vegetable oil behave like butter made it as unhealthful as butter. New York and California have banned trans-fats in restaurant foods. Canada and Britain have considered it and countless food companies have dropped them as an ingredient. Veronique Chajes of the French national scientific research center at the University of Paris-South and colleagues studied women taking part in a large European cancer trial. They looked at blood samples collected between 1995 and 1998 from 25,000 women who had volunteered to report on their eating and lifestyle habits and then be followed for years to see if they developed cancer.
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