Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trans Fats: Deception in a Nutshell

Did you know the Federal Drug Administration passed a ruling in 2002 that all Trans Fats (partially hydrogenated oils) were to be removed from our food supply by 2008?

Why you maybe asking yourself?

Here is the FDA statement "No amount of trans fats are suitable for human consumption". Now there's food for thought. How much are we eating? The average daily intake is 5.8 Grams or 2.6% of the total calories.

So how are we doing? Here we are in 2008 and a very large loop hole was created for the food manufactures to continue to add trans fats. The benefit to the food companies are trans fats increases the shelf life of all of our foods.

You might want to be asking yourself why would I want to eat a food that lasts 100 years on the self? Or even 10 years? 5 years? Is food really meant to last that long? If bacteria doesn't like it, should I?

Let's take a quick look at what trans fats are and do for you.

Trans fats begin as an oil for example, corn oil (in a tall bottle, yellow, liquid). After a special process (hydrogenation) the corn oil turns hard. You will see this on the shelf as margarine, shortening.

What trans fats do for you is increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and immune dysfunction.

Where is it?
Cakes, cookies, crackers, pies, bread, animal products, margarine, fried potatoes, potato chips, corn chips, popcorn, salad dressing, breakfast cereal and candy.

Where is the deception? In the labeling.
The manufacture only has to list trans fats on the Nutrition Facts portion of the food label when there is is MORE than 0.5 Grams are present per serving. So when the label says on the package in BIG LETTERS "No Trans Fats" take a quick look at the label ingredients and there you will find the truth, well the best "truth" we can find on the label anyway.
Did you know fruits and vegetables have natural detoxifying agents in them? That might be one of the reasons why the USDA recommends 7 - 13 servings for fruits and veggies for disease prevention.

That's why I feel confident in recommending Juice Plus+ to those I know, it makes up the gap between what we should eat and what we really eat.

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