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Old 06-08-05, 05:15 AM   #1
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Trans Fat

What are the bad affects of Trans-Fatty acids? I know we are told to avoid them but i'm interested to know why. Am i also right in thinking that any food containing Hydrogenated Oils or Partially Hydrogenated Oils has Trans-Fat in it?
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All it is really saying is stay away from junk food and the problem is solved. You can't rely on companies to tell you the truth. chip companies lie in that they make the servings so small that they can round the numbers down to 0.
but do we need studies to tell us that most of the food in stores and fast food places are bad for us?
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yep they are deep fried. pretty much anything deep fried that is not eaten fresh will qualify.
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Am i also right in thinking that any food containing Hydrogenated Oils or Partially Hydrogenated Oils has Trans-Fat in it?
I think so. I don't know much about trans fat. The time-honored problem with hydrogenated oils is that they are man-made saturated fat. Un-saturated fat is useful... bonds to nutrients, and are building blocks that can contribute to health. This healthy aspect also supports growth of bacteria, etc. So to increase shelf life the fats are artificially saturated (hydrogenated), thus reducing the fat to simple, hard to digest calories that like to stick to the walls of your arteries.
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Trans fats and hydrogenated fats are better cholesterol precursors than Cis fats and fats with unsaturated carbon carbon bonds. Hydrogenation makes the fats harder, so converts oils into margarine. Solid fats "cook up better", less likely to dribble out of the cooked food and puddle under neath. Try making toll house cookies with an equivalent amount of canola oil instead of butter/margarine to appreciate this. Steve
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