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Why stay clear of trans fats?

Think of those chip friers at the back of a takeaway shop full of vegetable oil bubbling away frying either chips, doughnuts, battered fish or falafels.  This is one of the worst things you can put into your body for your health. The oil that it is fried in is a hydrogenated fat which cannot be broken down by the body. If you eat a lot of fried foods, this toxic build up will swim around in your body clogging up your arteries at every move. Studies have shown that diets high in trans fats lead to health problems such as strokes, diabetes and coronary heart disease. There is even more evidence that these foods help contribute to cancer, obesity, infertility and liver disfunction. The FDA allows products containing 5g or less of trans fat per serving, to omit the quantity on its labelling.  As a result, even if you are trying to be conscientious, you may end up eating a significant amount of trans fats without even knowing it! For this reason, in addition to looking at the nutritional facts, you should also look at the ingredients list and get savvy on what they are hiding. Anything that contains “partially hydrogenated” oil contains trans fat. Though it may only be a small amount, these fats add up over time, and remember, a single serving is often quite a bit less than one would eat. The foods to avoid that have trans fats in them are mostly processed foods:
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Pie crusts
  • Pizza dough
  • Margarine
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Cake mixes
  • Pancake mixes
  • Chocolate drink mixes
  • Doughnuts
  • French fries
  • Potato chips
  • Candy
  • Packaged popcorn
  • Frozen dinners
If you still want 'naughty' food then you can just find an alternative way to cook them.  Try baking at home instead of hitting the biscuit aisle -  it works just as well but won't give you diabetes or a cardiac arrest! Try our Pizzas from our first book Honestly Healthy or our delicious Hot chocolate recipe or even our Gooey brownie recipe!

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