Not always “0 g trans fat” means that there is no trans fat in the product! Find out how food manufacturers can mislead you.
When the Food and Drug Administration (US Food and Drug Administration) recommended that food manufacturers label the content of trans fats in the product, a big leap forward in the fight against unhealthy food was made. Unfortunately, the FDA allowed the use of the “0 g trans-fat” mark if it is less than 0.5 g in one serving. What did the producers do? They reduced the portions! For example, a portion of Barack Obama’s favorite cookies – Girl Scout Cookies – has shrunk from 4 pieces to 2, which allowed their producer to write on the packaging “0g of trans fat”. Meanwhile, eating 8 such cookies causes the introduction of 2 g of trans fats into the body. A portion of potato chips was fixed on 6 pieces of chips. Chips can also be labeled as “0 g of trans fat,” but who is buying 6 packets of chips? About 50 grams of trans fat is found in 50 g of this product. The problem concerns many products in the US, including many types of breakfast cereals.
A portion of fried chicken and French fries provides 10 g of trans fats, which remain in the body for a very long time – even after one year, the remains of this bad fat are in the body – from 10 g after one year remains 0.07 g. The figures assume that during this year you will not eat more or a gram of trans fat. And what happens if you eat chicken and chips every 50 days for a year? After a year, your body will contain 19.87 g of trans fat!
Vegetable oils are popularized as trans-fat free – corn, rapeseed and soybean oil. But in this case, 0 g of trans fat is not true. In one spoon of corn oil is 0.04 g of trans fat, in soy oil 0.09 trans fat, in a tablespoon of rapeseed oil 0.11 g. Few? There is no safe dose of trans fat. Trans fats are the most harmful type of fat. Its consumption is associated with a large increase in the risk of heart disease, cancer and accumulation of adipose tissue inside the abdominal cavity, even while maintaining a healthy calorie diet.
How to protect yourself against eating trans fat?
- Read labels!
The information sounding 0 g of trans fats in a portion is a warning. Information sounding a small amount of trans fat does not mean that the product does not contain them. If you read on the label
– partially hydrogenated
– di glycerides
This is a signal that the product may, however, contain trans fats.
- Use natural fats to prepare meals.
Butter – slows the absorption of sugars from the food, so it helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Olive oil cold pressed. The polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in it help in the fight against inflammatory processes and fight against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Coconut oil. This is the medium-length saturated fatty acids, which the body easily breaks down instead of accumulating them.
An interesting fact about how to make coconut oil yourself.
Put the coconut pulp into the pot with hot water. Cook until all the water has evaporated. You will see that the contents of the pot will become denser and bubbling. when the bubbling stops, you have coconut oil ready, which you can translate into a jar. Coconut oil can be used for frying, preparing dressings and spreading bread.
- Eat only natural trans fats.
Their small amounts are found in meat and dairy products, and although they are trans fats, unlike those made artificially, in the body are converted into linoleic acid (CLA), and he is beneficial to health! It helps reduce body fat, prevents cancer and heart disease, and improves the immune system. Remember this trans fats created by humans are harmful, not naturally occurring!
- Free the liver from trans fats.
Trans fats can damage the liver in an identical way to alcoholism. Therefore, it is worth to get rid of them from the body. The preparations containing silymarin (extract from milk thistle, known as milk thistle), artichoke extract and curled sage help in this.