The Down Low on Trans Fats

It is a strange country we live in in which trans fats are legally allowed into our food supply even though it is well established that they cause a host of diseases including cardiovascular disease, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease,  and cancer. I guess what’s most surprising to me is that the we as individuals and not the FDA must to take precautions in order not to end up with a diet full of trans fats. The good thing is if you are motivated and get in the habit of reading labels and asking questions, you can avoid them. You really need to think for yourself. It’s best to think of alternatives before you’re hungry. Even common coffee creamers are laden with trans fats so it gets tricky.

I challenge you to read labels on the products you buy and avoid foods with trans fats for an entire week. This means eat nothing containing margarine, Crisco, or partially hydrated oils like partially hydrated cottonseed oil. They are especially prevalent in vending machine products and bakery and breakfast food products and French fries, of course. Some alternatives to trans fats are virgin cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, almond milk and Earth Seed spreads.Cooking your meals at home is another solution to avoiding those bad fats. This is an especially good exercise for young people. If you start good dietary and lifestyle habits in your youth, you will be much less likely to find yourself at the start of a host of serious health problems by the time you’re in your 40s.


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