We have been hearing a lot about trans fats in the news lately. Restaurants in New York and California have all ready been banned from using them. Boston and Chicago are considering the idea of banning them, as well.
If you don’t know what trans fats are, they are substances that are added to thousands of processed foods to make their shelf life longer. They have no nutritional value.
The reason for the ban was because it increased the risk of heart disease. Trans fats can raise bad cholesterol in our bodies.
Now a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that trans fats pose more of a risk to women, who want to conceive. Their study showed that trans fats could increase a woman’s risk of infertility problems as much as seventy percent.
The study found that women who received at least two percent of their daily calorie intake from trans fats instead of carbohydrates or unsaturated fats were 70 to 100 percent more likely to develop infertility problems? Why? These women were not ovulating as they should.
To get an idea what two percent of one’s diet could be, consider this. If a person who on average eats about 2,000 calories a day, eats one doughnut or one portion of French fries this would equal to about two percent. Yes, it takes that little bit of trans fat to equal two percent of one’s daily calorie intake and it only takes that small amount on a regular basis to effect a woman’s fertility.
How do you know you are eating trans fats? It isn’t always easy to know. According to US law trans fats must be labeled. But then the law goes on to state that food can be labeled trans fat free when they are made up of half a gram of fat.
Now imagine that you are eating items you consider trans fat free, but in actuality have half a gram of trans fat. You eat four of these types of items a day. You have just ate the two percent amount that can effect your fertility level if you are a woman.
Food companies are aware of this loop hole. According to author, Mike Adams, who wrote: POISON IN THE FOOD: HYDROGENATED OILS, they are also taking advantage of this loophole.
As a consumer what can you do? First, watch those ingredients, even if the label reads trans fat free. Next, look for the ingredients Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Avoid products that contain either one of these.
Finally, tell your representatives what you think. If you want to ban these trans fats, tell them so. Also ask them help make tighter guidelines for food companies.
Some fear that food won’t taste as good without the trans fats. But the experts say this is not true. The trans fats have nothing to do with taste, just shelf life. And really, do we need to be able to keep food for more than a year? If we haven’t ate it within a month or so, do you think we ever will anyway?