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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'
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    It is difficult to limit certain things when you eat out even when you think you are eating good for you.
    2883 days ago
    A quick check of my pantry shows Snyder's Hanover unsalted mini pretzels have trans fat listed but the count is 0. Same on Progresso light vegetable soup.

    Good info, Jen, and a very good thing to watch for and stay away from.
    2883 days ago
    Ok - I have to admit that, at least for the moment, I have kind of given up even trying to understand all this stuff! Good fats, bad fats, good cholestoral, bad cholestoral - makes my head spin! Butter or margarine - bacon vs turkey bacon - one's too fat, one's too high in sodium. I definitely need a "nutrition labels for dummies" book. Until then - I'll just stumble along...
    2883 days ago
    I appreciate these tips Jen. When I went on fish oil and niacin, I thought I had cared for the Cholesterol problem. But it didn't help other than the "C" count not going any higher!
    Crackers and salty things are my weakness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon NO!
    2883 days ago
    I agree about the saturated fats in things - and I too try and stay away from the Trans Fats.

    You asked if anyone "showed" them on any labels. Regular Bisquick still shows transfats and last time I tooked, so did Ritz crackers.

    I have a package of Bisquick Complete Honey butter biscuit mix and it shows 2 GRAMS OF TRANS FAT IN EACH 1/3 CUP OF THE MIX. I've tried to eliminate transfats and saturated fats. I think transfats are something the food people try to "hide" or they advertise NO transfats... There are a lot of hidden things going on I think.

    I'm working on trying to get less processed foods in my diet
    Slowly but sure I am eliminating things like that.
    2883 days ago
    I have copied an internet site about trans fat labeling. If it has less than .5g of trans fat, it does NOT have to be on the label. That could add up to a lot in a day.

    If you see partially hydrogenated or shortening on the label, the product does contain trans fats.

    2883 days ago
    To eat unprocessed foods and just natural as God intended, is the way to go. Some saturated fats are good, but only those things in their original state such as walnuts.
    2884 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Good info Jen!
    I think many products have done away with trans fats, as they aren't on all labels. Saturated fat is extremely bad for you too, so keep an eye out for that.
    2884 days ago
    velveeta shells and cheese.
    Total fat: 14g 22%
    Saturated fat: 4.5g 23%
    Trans fat: og



    "Over time, a diet high in saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart and circulatory diseases such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks, angina and stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the most common cause of death in the UK and in 2006 was responsible for about one in three premature deaths."

    2884 days ago
    Good for you for reading those labels. I know I have to limit the same things (I haven't had a stroke, but I do have mild hypertension and don't want a stroke). Reading labels can be really confusing!

    I think the good news is that more and more products are doing away with trans fats. So, those cookies that you may buy that are labeled "no trans fats" probably had them in a former life.

    More investigation is probably needed..but at least you're looking!

    Here's to good health1 emoticon
    2884 days ago
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