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The food so bad America banned it.

Banning trans fat: one small step for man, one giant leap for the health of humanity.


Finally! Proven toxic ingredients in the food supply are being put on trial, and found guilty.


If you don’t know what we’re on about, last week the US gave food manufactures 3 years to remove artificial trans fat from their foods. Or else.


This comes off the back of increasing evidence to suggest that trans fats are akin to poison. And everyone agrees (even the fuddy duddys who usually shake their heads and call it pseudoscience).


But if you were reading closely, you’d have noticed that we said, America. Not Australia, yet. We remain hopeful that our country will soon follow suit.


(Although there’s a sure fire way to avoid trans fats now - simply shun all processed foods!)


Still not sure why you should be concerned? Here’s a primer:


What is a trans fat?


A kinky molecule. Trans fats are unsaturated fats that have been artificially modified by adding hydrogen atoms (there are some naturally occurring trans fats, in tiny amounts. But they’re slightly different). You might recognise the terms ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially-hydrogenated’ from labels - they refer to the process of adding hydrogen.


Unfortunately, our meddling produces a fat that is so foreign, so incomprehensible to the body that it wrecks havoc.


Countless studies show that trans fats are improperly metabolised, lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, atherosclerosis and the spectrum of cardiovascular disease. Skeptic count, zero. It’s universally acknowledged.


What’s the point of messing with a perfectly good fat?


Changing the chemical structure of unsaturated fats to trans means they’ll perform like margarine. Solid, but soft, spreadable at room temperature. It’s a way of controlling the texture, for convenience.


How do we know if it’s in our food?


In Australia, manufacturers aren’t obliged to include a trans fat count on the nutrition panel.


Unless they make claims about their product being better for you, a healthier alternative, or a good choice for lowering cholesterol (which we know is a vain pursuit, anyway) they’re allowed to keep trans fat info, out.

As savvy Enliven readers, you know the rule of thumb is simply to avoid packaged foods. This negates the issue. But it pays to know for the sake of friends, family & general health awareness.

Over to you: do you ban trans fats in your household?


Next week we’ll list the top 10 trans fat foods to look out for. Eyes peeled!


Michael Wilson

Enliven Fitness
Enliven Organics
Health & Lifestyle Coach

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