Are you eating Bad Fats? Partially Hydrogenated? Trans Fats?

 

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This is why checking food labels is SO important! Do you know if you are consuming anything containing partially hydrogenated oil or trans fatty acids?  If you are then spit it out and throw it out now. It’s a man-made oil invented to extend the shelf life of the processed food item. The really unfortunate issue for you and your health is that it will turn to a solid once you consume it, so it’s literally clogging up your arteries and messing with your brain health. Health implications range from heart disease, weight gain, stroke, dementia & Alzheimer’s in the elderly and memory impairment from the young to adult.

How bad is it? Well, the FDA has banned it going forward but of course, they have given food companies three years to become compliant so the average consumer not understanding the health danger or not reading labels is STILL consuming it and it’s not good for them at all! This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and to prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks each year.  FDA has set a deadline of 2018. This will allow food manufacturers to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs.  The FDA encourages consumers seeking to reduce trans fat intake to check a food’s ingredient list to determine whether or not it contains PHOs.

You see YOU really do have to become empowered to be YOUR best health advocate in order to live a healthier lifestyle!

Now please don’t confuse “0 g trans fat” with being healthy for you and your arteries because this is a labeling loophole! The processed food can actually contain less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving. A food item, therefore, can contain .49 grams of trans fat and depending on how much you consume, it will add up quickly.

Best to read labels and check for “partially hydrogenated oil” on the ingredient list and then refrain from eating it.

Partial List of Foods Almost Always Made With Partially Hydrogenated Oils 

  • Cake mixes, biscuit, pancake and cornbread mixes, frostings
  • Frozen bakery products, toaster pastries, waffles, pancakes
  • Cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, donuts
  • Whipped toppings
  • Crackers
  • Margarines, shortening
  • Peanut butter (except fresh-ground)
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Frozen entrees and meals
  • Taco shells
  • French fries
  • Cocoa mix
  • Most prepared frozen meats and fish (such as fish sticks)
  • Microwave popcorn

Check The Ingredients On Different Brands of these Foods.

Many Brands are Made with Partially Hydrogenated Oils

  • Breakfast cereals
  • Noodle soup cups
  • Corn chips, potato chips
  • Bread
  • Frozen pizza, frozen burritos
  • Pasta mixes
  • Most frozen snack foods
  • Sauce mixes
  • Low-fat ice creams

Here’s the list of most common trans fats foods:

French Fries, fried foods, frozen pizza, donuts, cream-filled candies, microwave popcorn, crackers, margarine, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, cakes, cookies, pies (especially with frosting), check certain flavors of Häagen-Dazs ice cream—including butter pecan, coffee, rum raisin, green tea, and even plain old vanilla—can contain 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, non-dairy creamers,  frozen dinners, meat sticks, Asian crunchy noodles, canned chili, packaged pudding.

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