Thursday, November 5, 2015

Avoid this deadly substance at all cost

Most people are aware that trans-fats are associated with heart disease risk, but their dangers go far beyond that…and ignorance is not bliss here.

Compounding this problem is that many people are under the mistaken impression that a few trans-fats here and there can’t be all that bad…because nothing could be farther from the truth.  Trans-fats are deadly in ANY dose.

Here’s what you must know about these poisons:

Trans-fats: Better known as Franken-fats
Trans-fats are not found anywhere in Nature. That should be your first clue that they're not good.
Trans-fats are created when food manufacturers infuse hydrogen into polyunsaturated oils to create a solid fatty substance (think shortening or margarine) with a long shelf life -- known as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are found in countless packaged foods, especially snack cakes, cookies, peanut butter, chips and granola bars -- foods that are heavily marketed to kids.

They're also in most bakery items, since bakeries rely heavily on shortening for cookies, cakes, pies and frostings.

The growing list of trans-fat health dangers
Trans-fats are dangerous to your health in a growing number of ways.

They cling to your arteries and tissues, increase your blood cholesterol (especially your LDL “bad cholesterol”), contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, stir up inflammation and practically guarantee that you'll be making a call to your local cardiologist.

In addition, since they're not from Nature, you don't have enzymes in your body that can break them down, so they're next to impossible for your body to eliminate.

Plus, once in your body they can reproduce themselves by the billions. This spurs the development of free radicals, which accelerate atherosclerosis and inflammation, contribute to countless diseases and lead to premature aging.

They’re affecting your BRAIN too!
Researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine have observed in several different categories of people that consumption of trans-fats is associated with increased irritability and aggression.

So these poisons are affecting our physical AND mental health!

In addition, another study of working-age men showed that those who ate the most trans-fats performed the worst on memory tests.

No amount is safe
With trans-fats, you simply cannot take the position that “A little bit won’t hurt.”
Think of them as being similar to anthrax—NO amount is safe.

According to Dr. John Salerno of the Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, even a small amount of trans-fats in your diet can increase your risk of heart disease. 

How to reduce your risk
To help ensure that you minimize your exposure to trans-fats, as well as help eliminate any that may be clinging to your innards (and your BRAIN), here are some smart measures you can take:

Read food labels
If they mention hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, DO NOT buy the product, period. There are always alternative products that don't contain them.  (Look for organic options to minimize harmful ingredients in general.)

Stick to real foods
When your diet consists of real foods from Nature, trans-fats are not an issue.
Strive to do the majority of your shopping in the outer perimeter of the store where the real foods are located—meats, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs and real butter (never, EVER use margarine).

Watch your supplements too!
Sadly, trans-fats have made their way into major brand-name supplements too!
For example, one very popular multi-vitamin formula contains hydrogenated palm oil!  And a good many others contain artificial dyes as well.

When it comes to supplements, choose wisely and look for the highest quality.
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Help ease any existing trans-fat related inflammation in your body
If you’ve been getting a fair amount of trans-fats in your diet for a while (be honest), chances are you may be fighting some of their inflammatory effects in your body already. 

But you can help ease existing inflammation by taking advantage of Nature’s anti-inflammatory--omega-3 essential fatty acids.

And VitalMega-3 fish oil formula is the perfect choice.

Just two VitalMega-3 capsules a day will give your body a helpful 1,000 mg dose of inflammation-fighting omega-3 essential fatty acids.

The bottom line 
The more you can eliminate the deadly poison of trans-fats from your diet (and your kids’ too) and counteract their harmful effects, the better your chances of strong physical and mental health…for life!


  1. Hi Sherry
    Just wondering what your take is on high oleic sunflower oil and standard sunflower oil found in potato chips. I realise potato chips are absolute junk and best avoided but in Ireland most manufacturers guarantee no hydrogenated products. I also use camelina oil as an inexpensive plant form of omega 3.....any info on this would be appreciated... Many Thanks..... Colm Tumbleton

    1. In Great Taste No Pain, Sherry talks about good fats vs bad fats and which products she recommends for cooking.
      Here is an excerpt from one of Sherry's blogs on appropriate oils to cook with:
      - Real butter and olive oil are the best choices for cooking. If you're concerned about the salt in butter, buy unsalted butter instead.
      - Margarine should never be used. I don't care if the package screams "Trans-fat free!" You see, food companies may start out with trans-fat free polyunsaturated oils, heat is used in the process when margarine is made, and you now know what that means...
      Yup. Trans-fats are in there, regardless of what the label says.
      - Polyunsaturated oils (including canola oil, margarine, vegetable oil, grape seed oil, and corn oil) should never be used for cooking. As soon as your frying pan heats up, voila--you've got trans-fats. They are, however, fine for salads or for drizzling on foods after they are cooked (since the trans-fat aspect will not be cooked directly INTO the food).
      - Read food labels. If they mention hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, do NOT buy the product. It's a box full of trans-fats.
      - Fast food restaurants typically fry their foods (including French fries and deep fried chicken or fish) in canola oil. This IS cooking to trans-fat.

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