" Zero Trans Fat"
While at a friend’s house, she pulled out a box of crackers. “These are healthy.” She said, knowing my penchant for healthy eating. “Zero Trans Fat” it said across the front, hence her deduction that they were healthy and contained good fats. I checked the list of ingredients: 2nd ingredient was vegetable oil, 3rd, shortening (vegetable, modified palm, modified palm kernel).
Vegetable oil is a generic term often used for a combination of palm, corn and soybean or sunflower oils. All oils found in any processed food ie, crackers, cookies, breads, mayonnaise, salad dressings, etc. are refined oils, unless indicated that they are first cold pressed, which is extremely rare. Of course healthy oils are more expensive so the food industry rarely uses them.
In June 2007, Health Canada called on the food industry to reduce trans fats in foods. So the food makers simply replaced trans fats with inexpensive palm oil, palm kernel oil and modified oil all high in saturated fat. Palm oil should actually be called palm fat as it is solid. Normally, oil is liquid, but in order to get the desired texture and prolong shelf life it is chemically modified for processed foods.
A better choice for my friend would have been Kavli or Ryvita crackers, made without oil. Better butter can be made by mixing 1 part butter to 1 part extra virgin olive oil and keeping it in the refrigerator.
Just as it is important to not heat fats or oils it is also important to not heat our sources of healthy oils. So choose...
- Raw organic nuts, rather than roasted. (and without any added salt!)
- Raw seeds rather than roasted
- Raw nut butters, almond butter such as Maranatha or Nuts to you. It must say raw on the jar, or it is roasted.
It's easy to find good fats.
Start enjoying the delicious taste of
- Extra virgin olive oil and
- First cold pressed organic oils
found in the organic section of your supermarket, or the health food store. Eat the foods high in Omega 3 mentioned above, avoid packaged foods.
As it is very difficult to get enough Omega 3 from food sources, I recommend a high quality supplement taken daily. Those taking insulin or any medication, should consult a physician before taking any supplement.
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