Tollie-So Many Labels So Many Fats Trans Fat Are Any Fats Good For My Diet?
So by now you’ve seen the new food labels which the FDA mandated for food manufacturers. Food manufacturers must include the grams of trans fat on all nutrition labels starting back at the beginning of last year.
This means that as inventory is replaced in the grocery stores, you should start to see grams of trans fat listed on all packages from now on, providing you with an easier way to avoid them.
Now, if you were like I was my only understanding of fat was it was bad. All fat, if the ingredient said fat, then you don’t eat it. Then again, that philosophy didn’t work for me since I ballooned up to 500 pounds. I also, know I’m not alone considering the massive “fat-free” kick so many brands started marketing.
If you’ve never heard of good trans fats before, let me explain in a bit.
First, the bad trans fats I’m referring to are the man-made kind. These are represented by any artificially hydrogenated oils. The main culprits are margarine, shortening, and partially hydrogenated oils that are in most processed foods, junk foods, and deep fried foods.
These hydrogenated oils are highly processed using harsh chemical solvents like hexane (a component of gasoline), high heat, pressure, have a metal catalyst added, and are then deodorized and bleached.
A small % of the solvent is allowed to remain in the finished oil. This has now become more of an industrial oil rather than a food oil, but somehow the FDA still allows the food manufacturers to put this crap in our food at huge quantities, even with the well documented health dangers.
Ok, after having trash talked the man-made trans fats, let me clearly state that there IS such a thing as healthy natural trans fats. Natural trans fats are created in the stomachs of ruminant animals like cattle, sheep, goats, etc. and make their way into the fat stores of the animals. Therefore, the milk fat and the fat within the meat of these animals can provide natural healthy trans fats.
Natural trans fats in your diet have been thought to have some potential benefit to aid in both muscle building and fat loss efforts. However, keep in mind that the quantity of healthy trans fats in the meat and dairy of ruminant animals is greatly reduced by mass-production methods of farming and their grain and soy heavy diets. Meat and dairy from grass-fed, free-range animals always have much higher quantities of these beneficial fats.
One such natural trans fat that you may have heard of is called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and has been marketed by many weight loss companies. Keep in mind that these man-made CLA pills you see in the stores may not be the best way to get CLA in your diet. They are artificially made from plant oils, instead of the natural process that happens in ruminant animals. Once again, man-made just doesn’t compare to the benefits of natural sources.
The Bad Trans Fats
The Good Trans Fats
These hydrogenated oils cause inflammation inside of your body, which signals the deposition of cholesterol as a healing agent on artery walls. Hence, hydrogenated oil = inflammation = clogged arteries. You can see why heart disease has exploded since this crap has been loaded into our food supply over the last 5 to 6 decades. As time goes on, and science continues to unveil how deadly these oils really are, I feel that eventually they will be illegal and banned from use. The labeling laws were just the first step. In fact, certain countries around the world have already banned the use of hydrogenated oils in food manufacturing or at least set dates to phase them out for good.
I hope you can take just one piece of information from this article to make better decisions. Most of the time people just don’t know the difference, I never did. However, this is your chance to empower yourself and create the body of your dreams.