Contents tagged with health

  • Trans Fats - Pubic Enemy #1 (in food, anyway)

    As a mom, I feel that providing good nutrition for my children is a top priority.  The things that are in our food are not always safe and in some cases are downright dangerous. I feel that it is my responsibility to know what exactly it is that my baby is putting in her mouth. (You know, besides, the usual streamers, boardbooks and small objects)  Today, let’s look at trans fat.  To me this is the number one “do not consume” item on our food shelves today.

    Trans fatty acids are created by forcing hydrogen through an oil at high temperatures, often with a metal catalyst, such as nickel and cadmium.  (Wait aren’t those dangerous for the human body?) This causes the oils to solidify, yet they won’t break down, making them an ideal butter replacement in food products where you want a long shelf life.

    This process is called hydrogenation.  Partial hydrogenation is still hydrogenation.  According to the FDA:  “If the serving contains less than 0.5 gram (of trans fats) the content… shall be expressed as zero.” Now, let’s think about that.  Imagine Bob and Fred, charged with labeling a new kind of salad dressing.

    Bob: What should we list for the serving size?

    Fred: I think 2 …