Unlike butter or virgin coconut oil, hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans– fats. Trans-fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been “transmogrified”, by high-heat processing of a free oil. It is part-way between an oil and a full fat – something the body does not use and only encounters in nature in limited amounts. The fatty acids can be double-linked, cross-linked, bond-shifted, twisted, or changed in a variety of other ways.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in their 2002 Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids contains their findings and recommendations regarding consumption of trans fat (summary).
Their recommendations are based on two key facts. First, “trans fatty acids are not essential and provide no known benefit to human health“, whether of animal or plant origin. Second, while both saturated and trans fats increase levels of LDL cholesterol (so-called bad cholesterol), trans fats also lower levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol); thus increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. The NAS is concerned “that dietary trans fatty acids are more deleterious with respect to coronary heart disease than saturated fatty acids.” This analysis is supported by a 2006 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) scientific review that states “from a nutritional standpoint, the consumption of trans fatty acids results in considerable potential harm but no apparent benefit.”
Because of these facts and concerns, the NAS has concluded there is no safe level of trans-fat consumption. There is no adequate level, recommended daily amount or tolerable upper limit for trans-fats. This is because any incremental increase in trans-fat intake increases the risk of coronary heart disease
Other studies have linked trans-fats to a host of other diseases:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Liver Dysfunction
- Infertility on Women
- Major depressive disorders
The problem with trans-fats is that they are chemically altered and fail to produce a healthy product. Trans-fats stick to the cell wall interfering with normal metabolic processes by substituting themselves for a natural substance, therefore preventing the natural substances from doing their job and allowing foreign substances to invade your body.
It is important to understand that trans–fats are poisons, just like arsenic, rat poison or cyanide which interfere with the metabolic processes of life by taking the place of a natural substance that performs a critical function in the protection of the body’s health and wellbeing. That poison (trans-fats) slowly attacks your body causing long term illnesses and in many cases death. Unfortunately our bodies have no defense mechanism against them!
This is product marketed as a “health food” which gives more credence to the fact that manufacturers Will Lie and is up to the consumer to Read Ingredient Labels.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils Make You Fat!
In addition to being a poison as if that wasn’t bad enough, partially hydrogenated oils interfere with the proper metabolizing of foods that we ingest causing damage to our internal organs and stimulating the onset of diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes and allergies that lead to arthritis. The damage of partially hydrogenated oils doesn’t stop there, they will make you fat, cause long term illnesses and eventually and most certainly will Kill You.
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