Are You Still Consuming Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils?
Here is some news:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.“1
It seems that the FDA is getting set to classify PHO’s as a food additive and therefore they would become a regulated ingredient. This could mean that food producers would have to reduce or eliminate them from processed foods.
“While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern.” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat. Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the American diet could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year a critical step in the protection of Americans’ health.”1
For the Moment, Trans Fats are Still Being Used
Enforcing regulations often takes months or even years. It is a process. Hydrogenated vegetable oils were banned in some European countries, but many still use it. 2
As a Canadian, I hope that my government will ban them soon.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils Have Many Names
Hydrogenated vegetable oil is also known as trans fat, margarine, TFA or trans fatty acid, solid fat, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, or just modified vegetable oil.
Foods That May Contain Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils
You will find trans fat in most processed food, from cookies to breads and everything in between. Your morning pastries, morning toast, morning cereal, morning muffin, pizza crust, tomato sauce, cake mix, ready to cook meals, chocolate bars, candies, nutritional granola bars, ice-cream, commercial smoothies, chocolate milk, popcorn and in anything else you may think these modified fats don’t belong in.
Can You Avoid Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils
Yes, you can easily avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils in your diet, simply by reading the labels and Nutrition Facts. If the nutrition facts say 0 trans fat, then the product is free of it. It takes a bit more time to do your shopping but you can quickly discover foods that contain none of these substances.
If you buy organic, you will not only avoid hydrogenated vegetable oil, you will also avoid some other nasty additives, such as corn syrup, artificial flavors, color and preservatives.
Cook your own food
And of course, if you cook yourself, you will know what is in your food. Plus it is rewarding eating food that you made yourself – it makes you proud and more appreciative.
To our happy and healthy living!
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