Have you ever wondered why America is so full of overweight people? Because all of our food is loaded with stuff that is making us fat. Other countries have identified HFCS and hydrogenated oils as the poisons that they are, and have banned their use in their foods. As a result, they aren’t having the high rates of cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease that we have here in the States.
In a 1999 article, the New England Journal of Medicine explained how other (smarter, if you ask me) countries were banning use of hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils based on studies that showed these substances lead to diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
So what exactly are hydrogenated oils (other than poison)? First of all, they aren’t natural. Liquid vegetable oils are chemically altered; hydrogen atoms are added, turning it either into a solid (hydrogenated oils) or a partial solid (partially hydrogenated oils).
Partially hydrogenated oils have a texture similar to butter, and replaces butter in many packaged products because it’s cheaper. It’s all about making a buck. Who cares if 500 people die each year from heart disease in New York alone?? At least the food industries are making their millions and millions of dollars, and didn’t spend too much on production! *rolls eyes*
Dictionary.com defines poison as “a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health”. Hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils definitely fall into this category. Why? Because of the harm they do to your body.
To keep it simple, there are certain fatty acids that are essential to your health. Partially hydrogenated oils and hydrogenated oils block your body’s ability to process these essential fatty acids. To make things worse, most partially hydrogenated oils are made from soybean oil.
Soybean oil messes with your thyroid, which lowers your metabolism. Then you have no energy, and all those fat cells start to set up permanent camp on your belly, thighs, hips, etc etc. Because of the ways the hydrogenated oils mess with your body, it increases your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Now…next time you are at the grocery store, check out the labels on some of the foods that are labeled as “healthy”. Chances are, you will find partially hydrogenated oils listed in the ingredient list. It’s in almost everything we buy today!
So how do we stay away from this poison? Look at the labels on everything you buy. Avoid ingredients that include “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”. Buy real butter instead of margarine. Margarine is loaded with partially hydrogenated oils! If you fry foods (and I know all of us love fried foods!) use lard or coconut oil instead of the hydrogenated oils that are normally used.
Coconut oil has the added benefit of containing only 2/3 of the calories that saturated fats (such as lard) have. Not only that, our bodies burn coconut oil for energy instead of storing it as fat! Always a good thing…
It really doesn’t take a lot to be healthy. Look around at all the overweight children; and the alarmingly increasing amount of children with diabetes and heart disease! We can do something about this!! Just start watching what ingredients are in the products you feed to your children!