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Trans Fat - It May Be Banned
Created on 12/20/2013

Ever heard of trans fat? How about partially hydrogenated oils?

I often wish that discussions around food didn't need to include mention of terms like these - the good news is that in the near future discusions may not need to any longer.

Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils are typically found in highly processed, manufactured foods (although trans fats do occur naturally in small amounts in some foods). These agents were initially used by food manufacturers primarily to extend the shelf life of products. 

The only problem is that these agents are not good for our health - they can worsen cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease.

In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimated that upwards of 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease could be prevented if trans fat were removed from the diet.

Holy moly!

This action is long overdue, and even if enacted it will still take a while for all foods containing trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils to be removed from store shelves.

What can you do in the meantime?

Read food labels.

Specifically, look for foods that state they are trans fat free, and read the label to make sure no partially hydrgenated oils are included.

AND - be careful. Foods marked "trans fat free" can still contain trans fat - crazy, eh? But only if they have less than 0.5g of trans fat per serving. That's very little, but if you eat multiple servings you will be ingesting a lot of trans fat - not good, not healthy.

Trans fat is a bad player, and it's a good thing that it may be removed from the foods we eat in the near future.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
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