Hydrogenated Oil – How It Is Made
Hydrogenated oil is made by heating vegetable oil to over 400 degrees in the presence of an aluminum or nickel catalyst and bubbling hydrogen through the super-heated oil for about six hours.
Besides leaching toxic metal into the oil, doing this changes the molecular structure of the oil in such a way that it will never spoil, thereby extending shelf life and eliminating the need of refrigeration of both the cooking oil and products made with the oil.
The number one source of transfatty acid in our food supply is hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil, which is found on COUNTLESS products including nearly all commercial baked goods, and literally thousands of food products from margarine, non-dairy coffee creamer and frozen dinners, to chips, French-fries, and most main courses on most fast food menus.
Transfatty Acid – What Is Trans Fat
The process of hydrogenation distorts the molecular structure of the vegetable oil and produces a TRANS FATTY ACID.
A trans-fatty acid molecule is distorted in shape and size; the molecule is an extremely odd shape, it doesn’t fit in with other molecules in your body and disrupts the natural flow of things.
Other molecules that don’t fit naturally into the pattern of human biochemistry include things like pesticides, synthetics and drugs; these substances are designed specifically to DISRUPT the normal flow of electrons and they accomplish this most efficiently.
All hydrogenated oil and all partially hydrogenated oil contains transfat, not because it is added, but because transfat production is a natural and unavoidable result of the process of hydrogenation.
Hydrogenated Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Oil and Transfatty Acids Damage Your Health
Molecularly deformed, trans-fatty acids interfere with the work of essential fatty acids and disrupt the production of important bio-chemicals, (prostaglandins), that regulate everything from blood pressure and kidney and heart function to inflammation and immune system strength and much more.
Prostaglandins are involved in regulating every organ in your body. Anything that inhibits EFAs from doing their job or inhibits prostaglandin production is EXTREMELY BAD FOR YOU and hydrogenated oils do both.
One reason many face serious health concerns is; they unknowingly consume food that slowly and methodically destroys their health.
It’s not like getting hit by a truck. It’s more like dropping the frog in the warm comfortable water and slowly turning up the heat. Before the frog knows it… his goose is cooked!
Hydrogenated Oil And Transfatty Acids Cause High Cholesterol
Trans fatty acids can increase blood cholesterol levels by up to 15% and increase blood triglyceride levels up to 47% very rapidly after hydrogenated oil is ingested. These are dramatic negative increases and that could have devastating consequences depending on other factors. Do the French fries really taste good enough to put yourself at that kind of increased risk?
Avoid HYDROGENATED OILS and all foods that contain them because hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil are essentially nothing but transfatty acid in a bottle.
Hydrogenated Oil And Transfat Negatively Affect Your Heart & Blood Pressure
Trans fatty acids are extra sticky and sticky fats can cause blood platelets to become extra sticky and stick together, thickening the blood, increasing blood pressure and increasing disease risk.
Trans fatty acids take longer to break down inside your body than regular fats and that can be a big problem because fat is the primary fuel source your heart runs on.
If your diet is high in trans fatty acid, your heart cannot quickly access fuel during periods of increased activity, stress or crisis.
Not getting the fuel it needs lowers heart performance and can have serious consequences anytime there’s increased demand on your heart, which could be anytime at all.
Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard’s School of Public Health reports “Trans fat is the largest amount of artificial chemical in our food supply”. Dr. Willett and Dr. Ronald M. Krauss of the American Heart Association played a big role in getting the FDA to require trans fatty acid content be listed on product labels.
Because fast foods and commercially baked goods are typically loaded with trans fat, Dr. Willett and others recently prevailed with the FDA to require trans fat content to be listed as part of the nutrition information printed on labels, boxes, cartons and so on.
Dr. Willett believes parents are concerned about their kids’ health and should know if food is loaded with health-destroying fat.
In a victory for the consumer, several states, now mandate the removal of transfat-containing oils from the cooking process.
Government involvement is a two-edged sword… I don’t know about you, but I don’t want some fat senator telling me how to eat. But at the same time I applaud the fact that increased government scrutiny has raised consumer awareness on this issue.
As a passionate capitalist, I’m repulsed by government interference, which is both morally corrupt, special interest driven and pitifully inefficient.
However, as a nutritionist and someone who understands how hydrogenated oils and transfat damage health, I say hydrogenated oil and transfatty acid consumption is responsible for more deaths annually than all forms of drug abuse combined, and because of this, I wouldn’t be upset if these oils were legislated out of existence. They really are that bad.
For more on hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil, including a more complete look at all the ways hydrogenated oil and transfat gets into the food we eat, take a look at this article.
Hydrogenated oil and transfatty acids are abundantly bad for you and seriously interfere with your ability to reach a healthy body weight and easily maintain that weight. If losing weight, keeping it off and becoming healthy and strong in every way measurable is a topic of interest for you, you will enjoy my new book, 5 Steps To Optimal Health.Written by Dr. Russell J. Martino, Ph.D
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