Better Late Than Never

“Lost time is never found again.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Do you remember how long ago you learned trans fats were bad?

I don’t either. But it was a long time ago.

The earliest research I could find on it was in 1956. And there was a flurry of studies in the 1990s. Most of the research looked at its connection with heart disease.

Even if we take the later dates, it’s been at least 20 years that we’ve known of this danger. That’s a long time in modern life.

Why do companies use them? They’re cheap and they taste good. But they don’t play nice with your body.

Studies show that the more you eat, the greater the damage. Inflammation, oxidative stress and related diseases are the result. Heart disease, vascular problems, even cancer has been associated with them.

Now, at last, the FDA is banning them. Except for naturally occurring trans fats, they will need to be removed. They’ve labeled them, not “generally recognized as safe.”

But don’t get too excited yet. Companies have 3 years to comply. But you might want to avoid them sooner. Here’s how…

Where Do You Find Them?

Most trans fats are in processed foods. Here’s a short list:

  • frozen pizzas
  • cake, cookies & pie
  • margarine and spreads
  • ready-made frosting
  • coffee creamers
  • fried foods
  • savory snacks (like microwave popcorn)

Trans fat is also used in restaurants, mostly in baking and frying. Anything that has hydrogenated fat or oil is a trans fat.

My advice? Don’t wait for the FDA rules to kick in. The sooner you stop eating them, the better.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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