Alheimer's, infertility, trans fats, heart disease, GMO's

What you Need to Know About Trans Fats

Do you remember when you first heard that TRANS fats are bad for you?

I remember as a child my sister was making whipped cream (from the raw milk we bought from a local farmer). Only this time it turned into a solid mass. Our parents recognized it – she had made butter!

This was in the 1970’s and my family was just starting to be aware that butter may be healthier than the margarine that was served at every restaurant and social function.

Recently, I’ve been doing a little research into the hydrogenated fats (aka trans fats) that so many of us thought were the “healthy option”.

The FDA Responds Slowly

In 2003, the FDA required food manufacturers to LABEL trans fats. And allowed them to list .5 grams as zero.

After 92 years of food conglomerates and the AMA telling us to eat margarine instead of butter, what do we have? A dramatic increase in heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s and inflammatory diseases. Now with 50 years of science proving that trans fats are bad for you the media has been doing a good job of increasing our awareness of the harm from these fats.

In 2015, the FDA is giving food manufacturers THREE MORE YEARS to stop using the stuff.

What to Look For on Labels

“Hydrogenated oil” and “partially hydrogenated oil” (of any type corn, canola, soy, safflower…) = trans fat.

Here are some popular foods that contain up to 1/2 grams of trans fats per serving and yet are permitted to put Zero trans fats on their label:

  • granola, crackers, snack bars, peanut butter, animal crackers, breakfast bars

Does a Half Gram Really Matter?

The recommended daily fat intake for women is about 50 to 70 grams. Many of my patients have granola for breakfast and eat snack bars during the day. Add some crackers and peanut butter for an afternoon snack and they could be getting 1-2 grams of trans fat or more each day!

It’s easy to see how women, even those who read labels and are trying to avoid trans fat, could be consuming significantly more trans fat than the level that has been shown to increase the risk of infertility.

And it’s even easier to see how this could affect our children, whose caloric intake is lower, but snack food intake is higher.

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