Trans fats are artificially produced fats that are very unhealthy. The consumption of trans fats is one of
the main causes for the current obesity epidemic.
Trans fats are used in thousands of food products.
The health risks of trans fats include hart disease, obesity, cancer, clogged arteries, high cholesterol, diabetes, birth defects, allergies in children, etc.
Food manufactures use (partially) hydrogenated oils because it increases the shelf life of their products. This means less spoilage, less loss and therefore more profit! In addition, products with trans fat tend
to taste quite good. Trans fats are used in fast food, chips, baked goods, french fries, etc.
Trans fats are produced through the hydrogenation
of vegetable oils such as sunflower and soybean oil. During this chemical process hydrogen molecules
are added to the oil molecules and the oil becomes
solid as is the case with margarine.
When consuming natural fats, it takes the body 18 days to metabolize half of them. When consuming trans fats, it takes the body 51 days to metabolize
half of them. This means that half of the trans fats
you eat will still be in your body 51 days later! No wonder obesity has become such an epidemic.
Food products will contain trans fat if they include any of the following ingredients: (partially) hydrogenated oil or fat, shortening, margarine.
Butter also contains a small amount of natural trans fat. This is not as harmful as the man-made produced trans fats. However, since butter is an animal-based food it will still cause clogging of the arteries!
Interesterified oils are also unhealthy as they are a
mix of fully hydrogenated oils with liquid unsaturated
oils. They are NOT labeled as trans fat!
Some foods now contain modified, fractionated or solidified oils. These are produced by mixing fluid unsaturated vegetable oils with solid saturated fats such as palm oil. These oils are not as unhealthy
as they are made from natural oils.
Consumers have repeatedly been warned about the health effects of saturated fats, especially saturated animal fats. However, trans fats are much worse.
The healthiest oil for frying and cooking is coconut oil as it remains stable at high temperatures and it does not break down into carcogenic compounds, unlike unsaturated oils such as olive oil. Coconut oil remains stable because it has a high content of saturated fat. So not all saturated fats are bad for you!
Tips for lowering your trans fat intake:
1. Choose liquid vegetable oils, or choose a soft tub margarine that contains little or no trans fats.
2. Avoid eating commercially prepared baked foods such as cookies, pies, donuts, snack foods, fast foods and processed foods. To be safe, assume that all such products contain trans fats unless labeled otherwise.
3. When foods with (partially) hydrogenated oils can not be avoided, choose products that list partially hydrogenated oils near the end of the ingredient list.
4. To avoid trans fats in restaurants, stay away from desserts and deep-fried foods, as many restaurants still use partially hydrogenated oils.
Do your health a big favor and remove this toxic chemical out of your diet!
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Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
Do you find it difficult to lose weight and live healthy?
The solution is actually quite simple.
Avoid all artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers and trans fats as they are the main causes of obesity and disease.
Have your dental amalgam silver fillings removed safely(!) as they cause mercury poisoning.
Do no longer use microwaves as they destroy up
to 97% of the nutrients and vitamins in your food!
Read the book 'Fit for Life' by Harvey Diamond. This book will transform your life, in fact you'll never have to get on a diet again for the rest of your life!
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