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Definitely trans fat, though sugar is such an insidious compound that it would be a close second in terms of potential long-term damage (given that we almost all consume it far in excess of what is needed).
 

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Trans fats by far. They lower your good cholesterol while boosting your bad cholesterol. There's a reason they will be banned outright in the near future.
 

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Haha. Seriously?

The most basic energy needs your body needs to use to metabolize is fats, carbs, and protein. Sugar falls into the carb category, and is absolutely essential for someone to survive. It is repsonsible for gaining immediate energy, fuel storage, and of course is necessary for your blood stream to carry nutrients through the body.

Trans fat is a byproduct of humans attempting to create a cheap butter substitute (margarine) through vegetable oils during WWII, and food corporations saw the cheapness of it real quick, and jumped on if they were in the low-quality low-price food market. It is 100% unnecessary, as it was created in the 20th century and humans did just fine without it for thousands of years.




Also, sugar is bad for you in large quantities, just like anything else your body isn't able to eject out of it or use in a period of time in relation to the quantity.
 

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Trans fat is a byproduct of humans attempting to create a cheap butter substitute (margarine) through vegetable oils during WWII, and food corporations saw the cheapness of it real quick, and jumped on if they were in the low-quality low-price food market.
The hydrogenation process was invented in the late 1890s. Margarine was invented in 1813, but took really took off once oil hydrogenation allowed sold fats it to be stabilized for long periods.

Hydrogenated oils replaced some of the beef fat needed in WW2 for rations, but it was not "invented" then.


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Haha. Seriously?

The most basic energy needs your body needs to use to metabolize is fats, carbs, and protein. Sugar falls into the carb category, and is absolutely essential for someone to survive. It is repsonsible for gaining immediate energy, fuel storage, and of course is necessary for your blood stream to carry nutrients through the body.

Trans fat is a byproduct of humans attempting to create a cheap butter substitute (margarine) through vegetable oils during WWII, and food corporations saw the cheapness of it real quick, and jumped on if they were in the low-quality low-price food market. It is 100% unnecessary, as it was created in the 20th century and humans did just fine without it for thousands of years.




Also, sugar is bad for you in large quantities, just like anything else your body isn't able to eject out of it or use in a period of time in relation to the quantity.
To be fair, trans fats exist in products derived from ruminants, up to ~5% of total fat.
 

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Echoing what people have said. We need some amount of sugar (much less than most people intake daily) but we really don't need trans fat at all. Limiting sugar intake will noticeably improve health though, as larger quantities (what many people get) are indeed quite toxic.

Important to distinguish between saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats, and the subtypes within them. The spectrum of healthiness varies immensely. Treating all "fat" as bad is a terrible mistake some people make.

http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_fats.htm

Also a reminder: Just because it has the word "Omega" in it, doesn't mean it's better either. It's more Omega-3's you want, to balance out the 3/6 ratio, because we often get way more Omega-6.

Edit: I have not talked about trans-fats found in dairy here. I realize they may be different than the ones made from oils, but I don't know enough to comment on their overall health.
 
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