Hydrogenated Fats

Watch Out For The Bad Fats

margarineAre you consuming take-away or processed food containing a fat called “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”.  Do you eat any packaged biscuits, muesli bars, margarine (including olive oil margarines) and any foods out of packets, bottles or cans? You would be surprised to know that hydrogenated fats are potentially in these foodstuffs. Take a look at the label. If it says “contains hydrogenated (or partially hydrogenated) fats then you may want to avoid these foods. AND – if the food manufacturer uses 1/2 gram of this bad fat or less per serve, they are not even at liberty to disclose. Great, so now what?
You eat less processed foods, that’s my recommendation.  Hydrogenated fats are banned in Sweden, and in 2006 in New Zealand, the fast food chain McDonalds went “hydrogenated free” with their oils, because in that year it became mandatory to state on the label if food contained it or not. Have you read my comprehensive article called Basic Fat Choices yet? This comprehensive article will enlighten you as to your best choices of dietary fat. and explain why you should not believe the hype when it comes to eating a ‘99% fat free diet’.

What Are Hydrogenated Fats?

They are man-made oils which are used to extend the shelf-life of processed foods and are used in pastries, cakes, cookies, muesli bars, nearly all margarines and many fast foods. They are implicated in increasing your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and reducing your HDL (good cholesterol) levels. This is exactly the opposite you are trying to achieve with preventing heart disease. These man made fats have no nutritional benefit and even a small reduction reduces your future chances of heart disease. Take a look at the graph below, interesting to see that cakes, cookies, pies and probably that slice of bread you have in the morning with breakfast may well contain a hydrogenated fat, but wait folks, there’s more – margarine, 17% of the shocking fats. Try real butter instead, better for your heart . Don’t believe the slick marketing, since the introduction of these liquid “plastic” fats, heart disease has sky rocketed, it was supposed to drop because we were told that butter was killing us all.

Pie graph showing the distribution of hydrogenated fats in the diet

Bad Fats