As a nurse, I have dealt with a lot of patient’s with cardiovascular disease. I did a lot of teaching about and about how to minimize complications or further damage. One of the primary ways has always been dietary. That’s why I watch what is going on with research in nutrition.
Over the years, as American diets had changed, you saw an increase in heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. The diets have a lot more fat and a lot more of the wrong fat. That’s why I am glad to see the FDA step in on this.
I want to point out that even if you do have diabetes, heart disease, or you’re a decent weight, eating a decent diet and getting rid of the not so good things will help you age at a slower rate. You will be healthier and live a better life.
The department gave food manufacturers 3 years to remove the partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, from their products. The companies can petition the FDA for a special permit to use it, but no PHOs can be added to human food unless otherwise approved by the FDA.
Eating a diet rich in trans fat is linked to higher body weight, heart disease, and memory loss. It has been shown to raise the “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the United States.
Dr. Steven Nissen, the chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic said:
“In many ways, trans fat is a real tragic story for the American diet,” Nissen said. “In the 1950s and ’60s, we mistakenly told Americans that butter and eggs were bad for them and pushed people to margarine, which is basically trans fat. What we’ve learned now is that saturated fat is relatively neutral — it is the trans fat that is really harmful and we had made the dietary situation worse.”
And if you don’t want wait to start cutting Trans Fats, here is a list from The Daily Meal:
13 Foods Highest in Trans Fats
To make it easier to know which foods contain this toxin, we’ve rounded up the 13 foods that you’re most likely to find them in. Check out the slide show!