If you have been to the zoo lately, you’ve probably seen signs near junk food machines like, “Do not feed this food to animals or they will get sick.”  If it’s not good for the zoo animals then it is likely not doing us any good either! Trans fats are one of the ingredients in junk food that makes it junk.  They increase the shelf life so that the fat in it does not get rancid and they cause inflammation in our bodies.  Inflammation worsens macular degeneration.  In our world, there are two broad categories of fats found in foods: naturally-occurring fats and artificially manufactured trans fats.  Some animal products may contain a small quantity of naturally-occurring trans fats but the majority are created in the industrial process.  LIVE YOUNGER today and eat food that sprouts or rots.

Also labeled as “partially hydrogenated oils,” trans fats are liquid oils that have been changed chemically to make them more solid.  They are easy to use, inexpensive to produce, and take a very long time to spoil.  Trans fats give food an appealing taste and texture.  Commercially, these oils can be used over and over in deep fryers so they are less expensive for restaurants and fast food outlets.  

Researchers didn’t know much about how trans fats could impact health before 1990. As science began identifying adverse health effects, the Food and Drug Administration initiated labeling regulations to inform those who wanted to know what they were eating.  Trans fats are typically found in many commonly prepared foods, such as doughnuts, pie crusts, crackers, frozen pizza, margarine, coffee creamer, and ice cream.  Trans fats increase the shelf life of processed foods but they do nothing to increase our shelf life!  Here is what you need to know:

  • Trans fats can raise your levels of LDL – the bad cholesterol
  • They can lower your levels of HDL – the good cholesterol
  • The can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Trans fats are associated with a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

START SOMEWHERE today to do some detective work.  By law, a product can contain .5 gm of trans fat per serving and still be labeled zero.  Look at the Nutrition Facts Panel when you are buying prepackaged food.  Even better, avoid foods with Nutrition Facts Panels!  Here are some strategies to LIVE YOUNGER:

  1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.  The nutrient-depleted junk food is typically in the middle of the store at eye level.
  2. Eat foods as close to their natural state as possible.  For example, eat fresh blueberries rather than commercial blueberry pie filling.
  3. Look for food that spoils.  If it doesn’t rot or sprout, avoid it.  
  4. Remember, we were designed for real food.  Keep it real as often as possible.  

My motto is “Everything is difficult before it becomes easy.”  Start with a few changes in the direction of health. Eat food that sprouts or rots.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Resources:

http://www.cspinet.org/transfat/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/trans-fat/art-20046114

http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm079609.htm

Quillin PhD, RD, CNS, Patrick. Beating Cancer with Nutrition. 2005.  Carlsbad:  Nutrition Times Press,Inc.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Trans-Fats_UCM_301120_Article.jsp

Inflammation Worsens Macular Degeneration

Inflammation Worsens Macular Degeneration