Hydrogenated Oils

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-01-31 16:18:51 -0600
Started 2008-06-29 08:12:34 -0500

"Some researchers also believe trans fats change the way in which cells process insulin, therefore playing an important role in the alarming increase of type 2 diabetes cases."
{Diet & Fitness, June 05, Kathryn Guylay}

Of course, now that I am reading more lables and trying to avoid more of the bad things I have a question.

Trans Fats are the bad ones. If I glance at the Nutritional Values on a package it will say "Trans Fat 0g"
BUT, when I read the ingredients it lists one or more of those bad words…Shortening, Hydrogenated, Partially Hydrogenated, Fractionated, or Palm Oil.
Isn't that false advertising? Shouldn't it say "Trans Fat Less than 1g" not Zero Trans Fats!, when they are in the ingredient list? Am I missing something or not understanding the good and bad fats?

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JP - 14811 2008-06-29 10:00:42 -0500 Report

You are understanding them fine. The requirements for food labeling are strange. In the case of trans fats, it's farely new so they are allowed some leeway on it. That is exactly why I don't eat processed food. If you buy food in it's natural state and cook it yourself you don't have to worry about all that. :) Another thing to watch out for if you are going to buy packaged food is High Fructose Corn Syrup… Do a Google search on that in your food studying.. You'll be amazed..!!

Later Gabby and good for you for trying to understand all this. Eat whole foods and locally grown.. it's the best bet for everything!!

*Judy (JP)

GabbyPA 2008-06-29 12:27:28 -0500 Report

Yep, we are regulars at the local farmer's market. That has helped a lot and makes me feel so much more comfortable. But I started checking some of the things we use for our emergency kits, and just in general for my husband...YIKES! I was just looking at the values box, not reading the ingredients, I thought I was okay. What a bunch of junk. grrrrr. Eating from the health food store is WAY too expensive, so we have to find other ways. Good thing we all pretty much like our veggies...that helps a lot.
Thanks JP, You are one of my heros here, and I so appreciate all of your insights.

RachelChavez 2011-06-10 15:12:33 -0500 Report

Gabby, I had the same problem last year when I decided to start eating a more natural healthy diet. Except everything in that category was so expensive, and everything has one thing or another in it that you're not supposed to have like the partially hydrogenated oils and the HFCS and so on. I can't remember where but I read on a blog that this lady had started just making all her own snack foods and such. I thought it was a great idea so I started doing it too. I'm not to an entirely homemade diet yet but I make my own applesauce, granola, pasta sauces, pizza dough etc. My husband even prefers most of the homemade stuff to the store bought which makes it easier. :) I also found a recipe book that I really like and I think has pretty simple recipes (even though a couple of them have "interesting" ingredients I just sub those out for ones I like). It's the Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook. And I don't know if you have a Sunflower Market by you but I think they have the best prices out of all the health-food stores. I think it's awesome that you are not only helping yourself with the natural foods but you pass everything you find along to us! It makes it so much easier for me :)
Thanks, Rachel

GabbyPA 2008-07-02 12:12:54 -0500 Report

OMG. I read the lable on a Cool Whip container. It was "lite" but I don't know in what. Corn syrup, hydroginated oils, yes oils, not just one...everything in there but whipped cream. Yikes!

hillwalker 2012-01-31 16:18:51 -0600 Report

I avoid lite like it was poison
heavy whipping cream in the mixer pretty simple
tastes better than cool whip too

Elfin 2008-07-04 02:31:10 -0500 Report

Ain't it the truth. More and more as we throw out processed, "convinience" foods we'll be feeling better. Thank God for local farmers' markets. More meal planning with natural and hopefully organic ingredients.

GabbyPA 2008-07-04 07:20:36 -0500 Report

Yep, Elfin is my mom, and we are working together to help each other. I am always telling her are you JP. One day when we are up in Wisconsin, we will have to stop in. Your are our mentor...we love hearing what you have to share.

butterfly_8 2008-07-17 06:36:51 -0500 Report

I was told by my diabetic co-ordinator to use only canola oiland not vegetable oil. I do for barbecues every day cooking or where ever oil is needed. I even add a capful to dried beans when cooking since I do not use meat.

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