Okay, okay, I know the intent of this blog was supposed to be trans fat, but really, I couldn’t resist. Way back in my first entry, you may remember how I mentioned what I had learned from Dr. Oz on that Oprah show. Well, he also mentioned high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Or, as I like to call it, the Devil’s candy.

Basically, what Dr. Oz said on the show can be found in his book, You: the Owners Manual:

“One of the biggest evil influences on our diet is the presence of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sugar substitute that itself is a sugar found in soft drinks and many other sweet, processed foods. The problem is that HCFS inhibits leptin secretion, so you never get the message that you’re full. And it never shuts off gherin, so, even though you have food in your stomach, you constantly get the message that you’re hungry.”

Wait, let me read this again. Not only am I not getting messages that I’m full, I’m also getting messages that I’m hungry? Niiiiiiiiiiiiice.

But wait! That’s not all. That’s just the beginning. Other fun effects include:

  • Fructose interacts with oral contraceptives and elevates insulin levels of women who are taking these.
  • Fructose leads to mineral loss.
  • In lab studies, rats that were given fructose had more undesirable cross-linking changes (thought to be the markers for aging) in the collagen of their skin than in the other groups.
  • Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar.
  • Fructose raises serum triglycerides.
  • To be completed converted into glucose and acetates, fructose must take ATP energy stores from the liver.
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Trans Fats Exposed Part 1

February 23, 2007

Okay, so freshly educated on the eeeeeeeeeevils of trans fat, I headed to the grocery store sans kids and told my husband not to wait up.

Until companies completely remove partially hydrogenated oils from their products, I will not be buying the following items:

  • Peanut Butter – Jif, Skippy, etc.
  • Macaroni and Cheese*
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Frozen pie crusts
  • Refrigerated pie crusts
  • Refrigerated rolls – think Pillsbury crescent. Scrumdiliumptious, I know. But full of hydrogenated oils.
  • Boxed cake mix
  • Bisquik
  • Jiffy Mixes
  • Canned icing. Wait? Did I just say icing? They put hydrogenated oils in icing? Ewwwwwwwwwwww.
  • Popcorn**
  • Donuts
  • Twinkies, Ho-Hos, etc.
  • Mini-muffins

Cereal

  • Pop Tarts

Kellogg’s

  • Corn Pops
  • Fruit Loops
  • Cocoa Crispies
  • Smart Start – Right. Liars!!!!
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Strawberry Frosted Mini-wheats
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats, Vanilla Creme
  • All-Bran Yogurt Bites
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Cereal
  • Smorz
  • Scooby Doo Berry Bones Cereal
  • Toasted Honey Crunch Cereal
  • Eggo Cereal, Cinnamon Toast
  • Eggo Maple Syrup Cereal

General Mills

  • Raisin Nut Bran
  • Basic 4

Post

  • Oreo O’S Cereal with Marshmallow Bits
  • Waffle Crisp
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Cocoa Pebbles Cereal
  • Grape-Nut Flakes
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal with Real Strawberries
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal with Almonds
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal, Honey Roasted
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal with Real Peaches
  • Honey Nut Shredded Wheat
  • Golden Crisp

* This just in – I recently checked a box of Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese (you know, the blue box) and partially hydrogenated oils were not listed! I could have sworn they were a month or so ago. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!

**Check the ingredients. Some brands do, some don’t.

This is not an all-inclusive list.

So I’ve taken a closer look at food labels lately, and I notice that a lot of them toss around words like “wholesome”.  What does this mean, anyway?

Best I can gather is that it’s supposed to be healthful or good for you.  Sounds great, right?

So I flip over a few packages of so-called “wholesome” foods.  Hmmm, partially-hydrogenated oils?  Check.  High fructose corn syrup?  Checkity check.

How can these foods possibly be deemed wholesome or even be good for you?

Here’s some fun information.  “Wholesome” has nothing to do with nutritional value.  Nothing.  So why do food manufacturers print it freely on their labels?  Because they can.

The term “wholesome” when printed on a food label has nothing to do with nutritional value.   Basically, “wholesome” is a synonym for “edible”. According to the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA, a wholesome food is simply a food “fit for human consumption.”  In fact, for a food to be sold in the U.S., it needs to be deemed “fit for human consumption”.  Or, in other words, “wholesome”.

Too bad it doesn’t need to be deemed “nutritious”.  Just sayin’.