If the demand for butter exceedd ability of farmers to supply this desirable fat … The search for a substitute started us on a road trans fat, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Not until 20 years ago we finally discover the dangers of trans fats. ~ How to trans fats
Enter our food supply? ~
In the 1860s butter was in great demand and there just was not enough to satisfy everyone. Emperor Louis Napoleon III offered a prize for a substitute … And so, the first margarine was invented by a French chemist. It was created by clarified beef fat.
Was not until the 40s that the process of hydrogenation was developed … And the door to deadly trans fats was opened. Butter rationing during two world wars and the lower cost of margarine … Had more people switching to this butter substitute – made from cheap vegetable fats.
When hydrogenated vegetable oils are … Their molecules are chemically re-arranged. This produces a fat – trans fat – that becomes semi-hard at room temperature. Basically, trans fats mimic the saturated fats that our taste buds love. We are naturally drawn to the taste and consistency.
Semi-solid trans fats are great for baking … And not expensive like butter or lard. This is a big plus for food processors … And the reason trans fats are found in most baked goods – as well as fried foods. While this cheap alternative to butter is a boon for the food makers … It is a dangerous bust for consumers. In the US alone, approximately 100,000 people die prematurely every year … Due to the use of trans fats.
~ So what is so bad about trans fats? Trans-fats
Have the worst effect on cholesterol levels of all fats. They drive up levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol … At the same lowering of heart-protective HDL cholesterol while. Effect global trans fats "on cholesterol levels is … Twice as bad as the effect of saturated fat.
Recently, trans fats have also come under fire for damaging the lining arteries. It is this damage that lead to hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure. Linings arteries play a very important role in controlling blood pressure. When these vital linings is deteriorating, their function is impaired – leads to hypertension.
~ How you can avoid Trans fat? ~
Although trans fats were first used in margarine … Most margarines have eliminated this deadly fat. But they are still found in many pastries and fried foods. In fact, because of their low cost and convenience – trans fats keep foods from spoiling – hydrogenated oils are used more.
Keep clear of donuts, fries, pastries, fast food -… Even seemingly healthy granola bar often contains this dangerous fat . Check labels carefully … Avoid any food that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
~ Finally, a little help from FDA-
Fortunately, it is becoming easier to find these dangerous trans fats – and avoid them. As of January 2006, the FDA is required by food makers to list trans fat content … On the Nutrition Facts label found on all products.
Even a small amount of trans fat in your diet is bad for heart health. Pass on the healthy fats today. Not all fats are bad for you. In fact, any fat will even help you lower blood pressure. Oil, nuts, and fatty fish, olives will give your body a good dose of healthy fats.
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