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Chemically Altered: The Danger of Trans Fats in Your Diet

Dear Friends and Valued Customers,

Today's video from Dr. Joel Baumgartner highlights an important dietary danger: trans fat, also known as hydrogenated oils. Unlike healthy oils like olive oil or coconut oil that are naturally beneficial and loaded with omega fatty acids and medium chain triglycerides, trans fats are chemically altered. The goal of this chemical alteration is simple: to preserve foods longer and make them taste better--but the end result is devastating to your health. I urge you to watch, then share this quick video with your friends and family.


Fats. So let's dive into fats a little bit. So there's good fats and there's definitely some bad fats out there. You may know a lot about the healthy fats already, there's healthy ones like coconut oil, palm oil, omega-3, olive oil, some of the omega-6s are healthy for you, and then you've heard a little about saturated fats, and also trans-fats.

I think trans-fats deserve a little bit of attention, because us as consumers we need to know how to read labels. And the good news is for us consumers, back in 1996 they made a law that says you know what you have to label a trans-fat and put it on your label. What it did for us back then is there's a lot less trans-fats being used in our foods, which is the good news, but there still is a lot of trans-fats out there. The average person is probably eating over a gram of trans-fats a day, and they don't even know it.

What I think the important thing to be informed about is the fact that trans-fats have a negative influence on our health in a different way than any other fat out there has. The problem with a trans-fat is it's been chemically altered. So usually fats are kind of a liquid, but this is chemically altered and becomes a solid at room temperature, and what they're finding with these trans-fats is it increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, increases your bad cholesterol, just basically clogs up the arteries like nothing else really does.

And it's good to know where are the trans-fats, what kind of foods do they hide in. The thing about trans-fats, why they became so popular in the food industry, is they made the food last forever. So you could grab one of those little cupcakes, and you look at the ingredients in the Sara-Lee cupcakes, and there's trans-fats in there. Or hydrogenated oil is another way to label that, so if you see something hydrogenated - the thing is you can take that little Sara-Lee and put it on your counter, and ten years later she's going to look just as delicious and she'll probably taste just as good.

Unfortunately the fat tastes really well. It tastes good, makes things kind of creamy, gives a little texture on your tongue. It's addictive, so people really like the way it feels, the way it tastes, and what it does to food. But the problem is that you have to know the side-effects of the trans-fats, is it's not good for your health at all.

The good news is there's a lot of alternatives out there to trans-fats that have that same texture, that can have that same kind of smooth creaminess on your tongue. Things like the olive oils, coconut oil is a great one to cook with because it's real similar in texture and tone to a trans-fat that actually has amazing positive benefits for you.

So the big thing I would encourage for people out there is learn to read the labels. If you read a label that has any trans-fat labelled on there, don't get it. Even if it says .5 grams, they can label .5 but it can have up to .9 grams, and still be on that label. So if you read a label that says trans-fats, shop for something else that's a little healthier for you.


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