Hydrogenated oil contains high levels of trans fats

Partially hydrogenated oils make you gain weight the same way that saturated fats do, and interfere with the body's ability to ingest and utilize the good fats!

In March 2003, Denmark is the first country to pass legislation strictly regulating the sale of foods containing trans fats.

No more than two per cent of the fats and oils in any food product can contain trans fats.

The legislation effectively limits people's trans fat intake to less than one gram per day.

Switzerland followed Denmark in April 2008, with similarly strict limits on trans fats

On Dec. 5, 2006, New York City's board of health approved a ban on trans fats in all restaurants across the city.

The ban took effect in June 2008.

"Trans fats are not a choice, they're a killer," said Sally Brown, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Most partially hydrogenated oil is partially hydrogenated soybean oil.

That's a problem, because soybean oil depresses the thyroid--which lowers your energy levels, makes you feel less like exercising, and generally makes you fatter!

What is trans fat?

Trans fat is derived from a chemical process known as "partial hydrogenation."

That's the process of converting liquid oils to a semi-solid form.

lt's like butter,  you take margarine out of the fridge and spread it on your toast without ripping it apart

Most spreadable margarine now have eliminated trans fats.

Manufacturers have done away with the hydrogenation process, achieving spreadable margarine by adding modified palm and palm kernel oil.

Food companies favored trans fats because they allowed their products to stay fresh on the shelves longer

And they're made from less expensive oils, keeping production costs down.

Why is trans fats bad for me?

Trans fats raise the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, in the body.

While saturated fats — found in butter, cheese, beef, and coconut and palm oil — raise cholesterol levels, trans fats are worst

They also deplete good cholesterol (HDL), which helps protect against heart disease.

The body is unable to break down trans fatty acids, causing them to build up in the body cells

In other words, much like bacon grease clogging up the kitchen pipes . . . ,

Trans fats contribute to clogging the arteries leading to the heart and brain.

How do you know if it's in our food?

Look at the label.

If it says "hydrogenated oil" or "partially hydrogenated" , then there are probably trans fats in the product.

Canada was the first country to require nutritional labeling with trans fats listed.

Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases  like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat!

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