Let me explain something to you about partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and mono and diglycerides.
1️⃣After years of fighting the FDA, partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) have been banned from our food. PHOs contain trans fat. Companies have until Jan. 1, 2020, to get rid of inventory with that in it. This rule also applies to artificial trans fats which are made during the processing of hydrogenated oils. (1)
2️⃣ The FDA states:
“Eating trans fat raises the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. An elevated LDL cholesterol level in the blood increases your risk of developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S. The FDA determined that PHOs, the major source of artificial trans fat in the food supply, are no longer Generally Recognized as Safe.”(1)
3️⃣Trans fats have also been linked to dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. (2,3)
??✨While this is a GREAT BAN, there are some other possible issues:
??You’ll start to see mono and diglycerides on more and more labels. A lot of companies are replacing their partially hydrogenated oil with mono and diglycerides. These additives also contain trans fats. (4)
??Trans fats are required to be labeled on products, however, not when they are in mono and diglycerides. This is because in this form, they are not classified as lipids and the ban is for lipids; they are classified as “emulsifiers”. (5)
??The FDA says the mono and diglycerides are safe due to the small amount of trans fat in them. Well my question is how much is a small amount if we are eating this on a daily basis?
??They are found in boxed mashed potatoes, baked goods, soft drinks, candy, gum, whipped cream, ice cream, margarine and shortening, crackers, cookies, and the list goes on. (2)
Homemade mashed potatoes can be a great alternative!
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
- Boil potatoes
- Cream together with butter and a little cream (doesn’t have to be dairy)
- Add salt/pepper. Garlic salt, onion salt, or other spices work too!
Eating your favorite foods doesn’t have to mean compromising your health! To me, there is nothing better than enjoying my food and trusting the ingredients behind it. For my blog post about gravy, click HERE. For my blog post about whipped cream, click HERE.
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