Here is a health victory to go down in history. The death of trans fats! As we approach the new year of 2014, trans fats are approaching the grave. This might mean a shorter shelf life for unhealthy processed foods but, most importantly, this means a longer, healthier life for you and me! And that is simply a sensational health victory to be celebrated.
The Food and Drug Administration has finally called for the elimination of trans fats from all processed foods. Trans fats are hydrogenated oils, void of nutrients, that have been clogging the arteries, raising the LDL cholesterol levels and increasing the incidence of cardiovascular heart disease and death by heart attack in the US. The FDA has recognized trans fats as being unsafe and no longer usable in food products.
Trans fats have been lurking around in your coffee creamer, microwave popcorn, margarine, processed desserts, crackers, commercially processed bread, rolls, cakes, cookies, bars, boxed foods, frostings and even in so-called “health-foods” such as carob covered nuts, energy bars and vegetable chips in recent decades. Trans fats have been used to increase the shelf life of processed foods and to add a velvety feel to the mouth’s perception of foods and to increase the yearning to eat. Tran fats have no nutritional value, become addictive and actually decrease the health of our bodies.
Sooner than later you can look forward to products free of hydrogenated oils and free from the addictive properties trans fats present. But, beware, trans fats are more ubiquitous than you might think and please pay special attention to what you eat until this policy becomes active. Trans fats are found in most fast foods including donuts, french fries, burgers, nuggets, tacos, pizza, candy, breakfast wraps, pancakes, mixed coffee drinks and used in most restaurants.
Guard your health and start a preventative practice today by saying goodbye to trans fats and hello to good health. Eat healthy, take your vitamins, exercise, rest and raise your hands to an all-out health victory!