I've been limiting hydrogenated fats for years. I think though that it is important to distinguish between natural trans fats and man-made trans fats. Hydrogenated fat is like that found in shortening. It is man-made, by heating oil (a fat that is liquid at room temperature) in very high heat and under pressure. This process changes the molecular structure of the fat, creating longer molecular chains, which are then solid at room temperature and "shelf stable". The problem arises because this fat chain is not found in nature, and the human body does not know how to process them. The result? Clogged arteries. There have been studies that have shown a direct correlation between the introduction of hydrogenated fats in the early 1900's and the rise of death rates due to heart disease. And the more hydrogenated fats were used in our diets, the higher the incidence of heart disease. I am not concerned about the small amounts that occur naturally in butterfat and meats. I also use mostly olive oil or canola oil in my cooking. The only difficulty I have found in eliminating hydrogenated fats is that I haven't found a really good pie crust recipe that doesn't use shortening. I have switched half the shortening with butter, which helps some. But I make only a few pies per year so I figure that little bit won't kill us :)
02/03/2012 - 12:42am
I buy nothing with partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated fats added to a " natural" product like peanut butter, etc. I READ all labels unless i am eating out. I request real butter when all they serve with baked potatoes is lardy hydrogenated margarine they try to pass off as " whipped butter". Like your article states, you have to eat it raw, natural, not tampered with. Baked bakery goods and boxed, canned, and even some frozen foods are full of trans fatty oils . I don't buy them. Sometimes it is unavoidable. So i eat out savvy and picky as i can. You do your best, you leave the rest to God i like to say. If God made it, i eat it. IF man made it, throw it out! Not there a100% of the time. But doing better each year on this eating healthy way.
02/03/2012 - 1:58am
It's a shame that the F.D.A. works for the food industry and their profits instead of guarding the health of the American people. Some countries have banned trans fats from being allowed in food products but we don't because our whole government works for just the Corporate community instead of All of the American People.
02/03/2012 - 9:58am
What are some foods that will help us get rid of the belly fat. Some say that belly fat is bad for our heart. thanks