Evil Trans Fats

french friesEvidence of the close link between the quality of the food we eat and our personal health and disease is becoming clearer. Preventing disease is not just about eating less or even losing weight. It is about making better choices in our food selections.

Our diets need to be cleaner. They should include proteins, grass fed meats, free range poultry and eggs, ocean fish, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. We should avoid sugars, unhealthy fats, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, chemicals and unhealthy food preparation. Any heavily processed food or “junk” foods should also be eliminated from our diet.

Most “clean” foods do not have labels attached to them and you can eat almost as much of those food as you want. If you do see a label attached it is because they have been modified in some way. They have been refined, or processed with nasty chemicals added which only add empty calories devoid of nutrients and food that destroys your health.

It’s sad to think that the national food supply is the number one source of chronic illness and disease in the USA. Greedy junk food makers supply people with food that makes them sick just to turn a profit for themselves.

The biggest villain of them all is trans fat. Tans fat is a man-made unnatural fat created in an industrial process that turns liquid vegetable oils into solid fats. This process is called hydrogenation and extends the shelf life of foods which contain trans fats making it a favorite of junk food manufacturers and fast food outlets. They use trans fats when they deep fry foods because it can be used over and over again.

Trans fats are bad for many reasons the first being that our bodies do  not need them and cannot properly process them. They find their way into cells and tissues and even into the brain where the block the receptors that control metabolism.

Unfortunately the health risks that trans fats presented were not identified until the 1990’s. Even today trans fats are found in 40 percent of the food products on super market shelves. The chances are you eat them every day.

Since the introduction of this destructive substance, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes rates have gone through the roof. Trans fats raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol that is used to protect us against heart disease.

Examples of foods that contain trans fats are commercially baked goods…cakes, biscuits, crackers, muffins, donuts, pies, pasties, pizza dough, microwave popcorn, friend foods like chicken, fries, margarine, chocolate, potato chips, salad dressings, and junk food of all kinds.

The good news is that attention is finally being brought to the damage caused by trans fats and many manufacturers and fast-food chains have removed or removed them and as a result trans fats in the national food supply has diminished dramatically.

Bottom line is this: if you are trying to lose weight or are concerned about your health (and you should be) then trans fats have to go.  Read your food labels. If you see hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils listed then it contains some trans fats. As of 2006 is it now mandatory for all food manufacturers to list trans fat on the nutrition panel under saturated fat.

It’s time to eliminate the culprits that are endangering your health; it’s easy when you reach for foods that don’t come all packaged up.

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