This post is in progress (sick twins again...) Thanks for your patience!
MINE: Last week I posted a list of my top five food poisons as on omnivore. Number one on that list was hydrogenated oil and I'd like to share some more information about that today.
Hydrogenation is the process of shooting hydrogen bubbles into various kinds of oils to turn the oils into solids. Why did food companies start doing this? Preparing foods with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils allows foods to have a longer shelf life and cuts down on product oily-ness. Why would companies want their foods to have a longer shelf life? Profit. If their products remain unsold on shelves, they become rancid, then are unappetizing to the public.
Did you know that many European countries have already banned, or set dates to ban, the use of hydrogenated oils in food products? Why would they? What's so bad about these oils? Let me count the ways...
1. Hydrogenated oil is like a double edged sword. Not only does is raise the bad cholesterol levels, it lowers the good cholesterol levels.
2. It binds to cells and does not allow important nutrients to enter in. Remember, it's got a long shelf life, whether it's in our grocery store isles or in our arteries and veins, so if you're thinking your body will "process" it out, think again.
3. Hydrogenated oils make you fat. Our bodies crave essential fatty acids from good sources, like avocadoes, nuts and olives. If we feed our bodies hydrogenated oils, our body knows it's not getting what it needs, so will continue to activate the hunger hormones in a desperate attempt to gain what it needs. The problem is, if we continue to consume these dangerous oils, our body will never be satisfied.
What foods have hydrogenated oils? The answer: almost every packaged food out there. Look in your cupboards. Read your ingredient labels and see if you find something like this...
When my brother first talked to me about the dangers of hydrogenated oils about ten years ago, I didn't want to believe him. Peanut butter was my favorite food and I simply couldn't give it up. But his voice kept nagging in my head and I finally did some research on it. It was as bad, if not worse, than he said it was. The next time I went to the grocery store, I looked for peanut butter without the hydrogenated oil and I found some! It was more expensive, but worth it! This is the kind I usually buy...
After using this type of peanut butter for years, when I taste the other kind, it feels like I'm eating melted plastic. Changing my kids' taste was another story. Up until recently, their father still bought them peanut butter with hydrogenated oil, because they couldn't get used to the grainy texture of natural peanut butter, but now Skippy has come out with a natural peanut butter with the same texture my kids grew up on...
It has no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and I feel like a better mom when I serve it to my kids.
On a side note, trans fats is another name for hydrogenated oil. If a label says a product has no trans fats, beware. If one serving has less then 0.5% hydrogenated oil, companies can claim their products are trans fat free. ALWAYS read the labels and avoid all foods containing this poison. Yes, you might have to learn how to make your own crackers, cake mixes and cookies, but isn't it worth it? Plus, that's quality time we can spend with our kids!
What about you? Do you use hydrogenated oils or have you removed them from your home. I love hearing inspiring stories of how people have made difficult changes and sacrifices for something much better....our family's best shot at a long, disease-free life.
......Next, because people ask, here's what I ate today...
Breakfast: Natural peanut butter and raw honey sandwich on whole wheat bread, 1/2 PB and blueberry jam sandwich on whole wheat bread, and a glass of almond milk.
Lunch (at our uncle's home): Large spinach salad with strawberries, zucchini, cucumbers, sunflower seeds and pine nuts with poppy seed dressing, steamed broccoli and peas that may or may not have had a little bit of butter (I wasn't comfortable enough to ask the person who prepared them how they were cooked), one roll (may or may not have had butter, again with the discomfort), one bite of cake just to see how it was, but didn't really care for more.
Snack: Macadamia nut hummus with pita chips and a banana so I wouldn't be tempted by cake at the baptism I attended.
Dinner: Leftover raw vegetable stir fry and rice.
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