Monoglycerides & Diglycerides: Same Killer, Different Name

monoglycerides and diglycerides

The public apparently caught on that partially hydrogenated oils were unhealthy; so now the FDA requires labeling for trans fat content, BUT only if it contains more than .49 g per serving, AND only if it comes from triglycerides! Not too difficult to get around that rule…simply decrease the serving size, or disguise the trans fats somehow…

Of course, big industry doesn’t want us to know that they’re poisoning us…so, they exploited the loophole. They started using monoglycerides and diglycerides so they aren’t required to label the food as containing trans fats.

Why avoid trans fats? We’ll go into more detail at a later time, but trans fats affect your cholesterol and increase the risks of strokes, diabetes and heart troubles. With the food industry hiding trans fats in our foods, is it any wonder that so many kids today have diabetes and are having heart attacks?

What’s really upsetting is that the food industries, these companies we are TRUSTING with the lives of our children, obviously know that these additives and ingredients are not good for us! Otherwise, why would they hide the trans fats by disguising it?

That’s what they’re doing, y’all! Monoglycerides and Diglycerides are still manufactured, just like partially hydrogenated oils, and they still contain dangerous trans fats. Trans fats that aren’t required to be reported on the labels. Trans fats that are still dangerous to your health. Trans fats that are causing our children to develop diabetes and heart attacks.

This isn’t natural! Our children should not be this unhealthy! We can do something about this!! Admittedly, it is difficult to find foods that don’t contain monoglycerides or diglycerides. But we CAN do it!

Before buying anything, read the label; don’t just look for “0% trans fat” or “0g trans fat”. You can’t trust that! Remember, they can claim 0% trans fat as long as it contains less than .49 g per serving. Look at the ingredients on the label, not just the nutrition facts. If it contains monoglycerides or diglycerides, put it back on the shelf.

If you want to be proactive, write a letter to the food manufacturers. Let them know how pissed off you are that they are poisoning your kids!

8 Responses to “Monoglycerides & Diglycerides: Same Killer, Different Name”

  • I just started a food challenge to try to eliminate some of this stuf from my diet and to, simply, become more aware. I was very surprised to see how often these show up on ingredients labels. I’m enjoying your site…very important inormation.

  • Irini:

    I have successfully replaced all of my favorite foods with healthy versions. I purchase Simply Peanut butter (lower in fat than the Jif junk and it contains natural and healthy oils) I eat 90% organic and I refuse to buy products with a grocery list of ingredients. I purchase organic and if I cant find organic, I read the labels until I find short and simple lists of ingredients! Its not as hard as people think. The less the ingredients the better. When a products ingredient list takes up the entire side of the box/can/jar then why buy it? Obviously is CRAP. Read what you put into your bodies and buy organic for your kids as well. There are so many delicious foods you can cook and so many amazing deserts/snacks you can create for you and your family.

  • I had some problems viewing the site in Safari on the Mac, but I still loved the post.

  • nice that will be healthy :) hehehe

  • I will use your advice from now on. Sandy :D

  • TG:

    Amazing passion. I was just wondering where you initially got the information that monoglycerides and diglycerides are linked to transfats? I am trying to find more concrete information on this topic so if you have any resources please let me know!

  • I found your posting interesting. Are you aware that there is an alternative to mono & di’s? It is a “rice bran extrct” that is available as natural or certified organic. At this time the USDA is accepting “public comments” about the allowance to use mono & di’s in organic foods vs. using “rice bran extract”. Your opinion can be voiced here.

    Written comments may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov (preferred) or by contacting Lisa Ahramjian, NOSB Executive Director, at nosb@ams.usda.gov or (202) 720-3252. All comments should identify Document Number AMS-NOP-10-0068 and must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.

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