THE ILLUSIVE TRANS FAT,HEALTH TIP #2
Saturday, February 27, 2010
As I was checking out of the hospital in Jan., the Dr. told me to limit the amount of salt, cholesterol, and trans fats in my diet in order to lessen the chances of my having another stroke. Salt and Cholesterol I am acquainted with so there was no problem getting a grip on those 2, but what about those 'trans fats'--what are they and where do I find them?
I began watching food labels on boxes and cans in grocery stores and checked every label in my pantry at home. GUESS WHAT?? Not one label confessed to containing one trans fat anywhere that I could find. Where are those little guys??
So, I had to go to the computer and look them up. What is the definition? TRANS FAT: it is the common name for the unsaturated fat found in margarine, cookies, crackers, vegetable shortening, and many fast foods. We don't buy margarine or cookies, so maybe that's where I'd find it !?!? Trans fats raise LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol) and is linked to an increased risk for HEART DISEASE.
Soooo, now I know why my doc. told me to elimanate, or at least decrease, this culprit from my diet, but I still have not found any product that 'fesses up to containing even 1g of the product.
HAS ANYONE FOUND TRANS FATS ON A PRODUCT LABEL??? Maybe it would be on TWINKIES??? I just don't know. For now, to me, it is the 'illusive trans fat'