Jodi's Diet Corner
Stay Away From Trans Fatty Acids
Remember when the big thing was everyone ranting how bad Saturated Fat was? How it was going to kill us and cause coronary heart disease and we were all going to die because we eat eggs and beef. And how about those packaged Twinkies that are cooked in palm oil or lard? We were doomed! Ahhhhhh!
Never fear we have liquid vegetable oil. Except...hmmmm, it’s not stable enough and it turns rancid, what do we do now? Ah ha! We will hydrogenate these liquid vegetable oils. Now that’s an idea! Let’s hydrogenate these oils so they handle the food production better and have longer shelf life.
Wow, what an idea that was. Now look where it got us. Heart disease is worse now than when they were using saturated fats. It took them this long to discover that as a result of hydrogenation, trans fatty acids are formed.
Trans Fatty Acids are found in most prepared packaged foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, boxed meals, microwave popcorn and commercially fried foods. Basically, any package that lists the ingredients hydrogenated, partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils or shortening has trans fat in it.
Trans fatty acids lower HDL and increase LDL therefore increasing the risk of heart disease. There are also recent studies showing that trans fat may linked to Type II Diabetes (Adult Onset Diabetes) as well.
Don’t be afraid of fat and be sure to get enough essential fatty acids. Just make sure your diet has as little Trans Fatty Acids as possible. Your heart will thank you!
Be sure to read Jodi's "sticky thread" in the forums: Guide to Cutting, Bulking & Maintenance