You should always be warry about eating foods that contain partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated fats. These fats are found in all kinds of packaged and junk food. Food manufacturers really don’t care about your health when they add hydrogenated oils to their foods.
Good clean vegetable oils are hydrogenated to create shortenings and margarines. Vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated so they can be added to many foods since they become a source of cheap fat and increase the shelf life of the food product.
What do hydrogenated oils do? When healthy oils are processed through bubbling hydrogen at temperatures up to 210 C, un-natural fatty acids are created that are called trans-fatty acids.
Your body is unable to use this un-natural fatty acids so the liver see them as toxic waste and proceeds to detoxify and eliminate them. Trans-fatty acids are one of the most toxic wastes that can be inside your body. Trans fatty acids, also, can block your body’s use of the essential fatty acids.
Hydrogenated oils also have all of their nutrients removed during their processing. This forces removal of vitamins and minerals from your body to help digest the stripped hydrogenated oil.
In a book called, Eat Fat Look Thin – A Safe and Natural Way to Lose Weight Permanently, 2002, Bruce Fife, N.D., talks about the dangers of hydrogenated oils.
“Trans fatty acids affect more than just our cardiovascular health. According to a study reported by Mary Enig, Ph.D., when monkeys were fed trans fat containing margarine in their diets,…their red blood cells did not bind insulin as well as when they were not fed trans. This suggests a link with diabetes.
Trans fatty acids have been linked with a variety of adverse health effects which include:
- Ischemic heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetes And other degenerative conditions.”
Hydrogenated oils are use by a food processor because they are cheap fats, which increase the size and shelf life of their product.
Where you find most hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils:
- 40% of all foods in a grocery store
- 95% of all cookies
- 75% of chips and crackers
- 70% of all cold cereals and cake mixes
- 80% of all frozen breakfast foods
- In most microwave popcorn
- In many salted peanuts and other nuts
- In most candies
- Most restaurants that fry foods including donut shops
And the list goes on and on
Buy less of these foods and give yourself better health and force the food manufacturers to use less hydrogenated oils in their food products.