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 .49g 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, the big food industries don’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! 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 hazardous 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’s hard 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!