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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Whats up wit this. Im starting to notice. This phrase is being thrown around alot, mostly in comericals and on food packaging. I have no clue what it is. Anyone, anyone?

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Trans Fats 101

Increase your understanding of trans fatty acids -- harmful artificial fats that the Federal Government will require to appear on nutrition labels in 2006 -- with the help of University of Maryland Medical Center registered dietitian Cynthia Payne.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shed light on a potentially serious health threat recently when it announced that products containing trans fatty acids require stringent nutritional labeling starting in 2006.

Trans Fats 101
• Trans Fat Overview
• Daily Menu Ideas
• Trans Fats in Food: Which & How Much?
• Tips to Spot Hydrogenated Fats

Trans fats are artificial fats made when hydrogen gas reacts with oil. They can be found in cookies, crackers, icing, potato chips, margarine and microwave popcorn.

Many manufacturers started including trans fats in their processed foods about 20 years ago to prolong their products' shelf life, but public health experts warn that these kinds of fats clog arteries and cause obesity.

"Numerous studies have found that trans fats raise our risk of heart disease," said Cynthia Payne, a registered dietitian at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "They can also contribute to an increase in total cholesterol levels and a drop in the healthy HDL cholesterol. These man-made fats are much worse for you than any other natural fat, even the saturated fats found in butter and beef."

Below are Payne's answers to some frequently asked questions about trans fatty acids:

What are Trans Fatty Acids?

They are man-made or processed fats, which are made from a liquid oil. When you add hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil and then add pressure, the result is a stiffer fat, like the fat found in a can of Crisco. Trans fats are also called hydrogenated fats.

Why are They Bad for You?

Trans fats pose a higher risk of heart disease than saturated fats, which were once believed to be the worst kind of fats. While it is true that saturated fats -- found in butter, cheese, beef, coconut and palm oil -- raise total cholesterol levels, trans fats go a step further. Trans fats not only raise total cholesterol levels, they also deplete good cholesterol (HDL), which helps protect against heart disease.

What Harm do They do to the Body?

The stiffer and harder fats are, the more they clog up your arteries. Trans fats do the same thing in our bodies that bacon grease does to kitchen sinks. Over time, they can "clog the pipes" that feed the heart and brain, which can lead to heart attack or stroke risk.

According to the comprehensive Nurses' Health Study -- the largest investigation of women and chronic disease -- trans fats double the risk of heart disease in women.

Why Have Trans Fatty Acids been Put in So Many Food Products?

No human body has any need for these man-made fats. Food manufacturers started putting them in products because they allow for a longer shelf life. Crackers, for example, can stay on the shelf and stay crispy for years in part because of the hydrogenated fats in them.
Taken from http://www.umm.edu/features/transfats.html. I hope its not too long for you to read.
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Yea, it turned to bla bla bla after trans fats 101. I bet Cynthia Payne is hot. So on that website if you click on the line: Tips to Spot Hydrogenated Fats. Does it bring up a photo or a list of locations to spot that skidohoweveryouspellit fella.

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