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

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  • 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.

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Trans Fat Explained

January 27, 2007

Okay, so what is this eeeeeeeeeeeeevil item that makes our food so magically delicious? And why do we need to cut our intake?

Because I wanted to learn more I began to read. I read books. I read the newspaper. I read online.

I learned, basically, that partially hydrogenated oils are oils that have been hydrogenated. Partially. This process makes the oils solid at room temperature but melty and delicious when they hit your mouth. They also extend shelf life and add to the texture, taste, and appearance. The texture is similar to butter, but the price is cheaper so it’s more economical for the food industry.

Okay, but if they’re only partially hydrogenated than they’re really not that bad, right? Because it’s only like kind-of, sort-of and not really, right? Well, no. Not really. Research has shown that trans fat raises the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lowers the “good” cholesterol (HDL) which means that the arteries become clogged (remember Dr. Oz’s visual of squeezing the fat through his hands?) which ultimately increases he risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, the partial hydrogenation process also removes essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats), such as linolenic acid (omega 3) and linoleic acid (omega 6).

Okay, so let me get this straight. Partially hydrogenated oils not only clog our arteries they also lower the “good” fats? That can’t be good.