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Avoid: Trans Fats

2 Feb

What are trans fats and what seems to be all the problem with them?

Trans fats or hydrogenated fats are vegetable oils, which go through a process of hydrogenation. This means that hydrogen is added to make them solid and less likely to go rancid.

The invention started with margarine. Margarine is not a more spreadable type of butter. It is a vegetable oil that has been hydrogenated to make it spreadable. Nowadays, trans fats are found in most processed foods, they are cheap, they enhance flavors and give the products a longer shelf-life.

The problem with trans fats is that they are dangerous they increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes obesity and cancer. Other studies suggest infertility, Alzheimer’s and liver dysfunction as well.

The FDA allows companies to advertise their products as “Zero Trans Fats” as long as they have less than 0.5 grams per serving. So read the labels! There might still be trans fats in them. The common names they hide trans fats with are, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

The most common products to find them in are: margarine, crackers, chips, cookies, pizza, frozen dinners, microwave popcorn, chicken nuggets, french fries, cakes, and doughnuts.

Cities like NYC, Boston, Philadelphia and the state of California have banned trans fats from restaurants. But if you are not in these cities, chances are restaurants are cooking with these.

Cook you own food as much as possible.

And remember…

Eat healthy, be happy.