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Kiss Trans Fats Goodbye

cupcakesThe FDA announced it has taken action to remove trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils) from processed foods. Trans fats are no longer considered to be GRAS: Generally recognized as safe.

Why? Because of the strong evidence linking trans fats to an increase risk of heart disease.  And heart disease is a bad thing.

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Artificial trans fat is made when hydrogen is added to oil, making it a solid at room temperature,  This extends the shelf life and taste of the processed foods, but it also stays solid in your coronary arteries.  Manufacturers have already removed the bulk of trans fat from their products, but not all. Walmart plans to eliminate all trans fat by 2015.

The FDA is providing a 60 day comment period asking for additional submissions of scientific data or other information before they proceed with wiping this sludgy muck from our grocery shelfs.

Some foods that still have trans fat include frozen pizza, microwave popcorn, margarine, shortening, certain coffee creamers, baked goods.

The CDC states trans fats are not safe and the food can be made without trans for no more money, with no sacrifice in taste.

So what’s not to like? Kiss trans fat goodbye, watch your LDL (bad cholesterol) go down, and lower your risk of heart disease.

Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired. Do you want a substance in your food that will kill you?  Not me.  I say so long trans fats, I’m not gonna miss you.

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If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.

CDC Press release

By Kathy

I am a Nurse Practitioner from Rochester, NY presently working in both the inpatient and outpatient hospital psychiatric settings.

2 replies on “Kiss Trans Fats Goodbye”

I have become an intentional eater. Rather than snack at random, I ask “Am I hungry?” and then I ask, “Is this food truly nourishing?”. I haven’t specifically looked at trans-fats, but I have moved toward simpler foods, less ingredients in general. I do not need to worry about a banana or a handful of walnuts, for instance.

That’s the right way to eat Cynthia. Whole foods. Colorful palates. No processed if it can be avoided. You eat better, you feel better. Thanks for your insightful comments!

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