By Kevin Koskella
Did you know that there might be poison in many of your favorite foods
found on grocery store shelves everywhere? Breads, crackers, cookies,
energy bars, tortillas, frozen pizza are just a few examples of these
dangerous foods. The poison in these items is called partially
hydrogenated fat, often referred to as trans-fatty acids.
A trans-fatty acid is usually made from a vegetable oil- corn,
cottonseed, or soybean, for example- that has been treated by a process
called hydrogenation to make it a solid at room temperature. Originally,
when margarine first appeared in supermarkets, consumers were led to
believe they could lower their risk of heart disease and cancer by
replacing butter with this product. What became evident later is that
the chemical process that made vegetable oil “look” like a saturated fat
by solidifying caused it to act like one as well, making high levels of
either fat a health risk.
Some of the harmful effects of trans-fatty acids include:
Cause you to store fat and burn
Increase levels of low-density
lipoproteins (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol
Decrease levels of high-density
lipoproteins (HDL) or “good” cholesterol
Increase your perception of pain
Thankfully, trans fats are starting to
appear on nutrition information on some food products. This trend will
continue to rise as the law goes into affect next year forcing brands to
disclose the amount of trans fat per serving.
Still, I’m betting you will see foods advertised as “low in trans fat.”
Don’t fall for it.
Small amounts of trans fats are more harmful than larger amounts of
saturated fats. A small increase in saturated fats results in a 17
percent increase in coronary artery disease. A similar increase in trans
fats leads to a 93 percent increase!
As a general rule, avoid all foods containing trans-fatty oils. Most of
these include foods that have to sit on a shelf, such as baked goods,
snack chips, some national brands of peanut butter, candy bars, cookies,
etc. Even some supposedly healthy diet products that are marketed as a
food to help you lose weight contain this poison!
Don’t make the mistake of eating these product just because they’re
there, or because “everyone else is.” Take your health into your hands
and make sure you read those labels!