This cookbook is in progress I`m removing the trans fat from my recipes, and replacing with monounsaturated (the preferred one), and polyunsaturated (neutral) fats.
YES kill you! Scientists at Harvard's School of Public Health estimate that trans fats contribute to as many as 30,000 cardiovascular deaths each year.
What is it? Trans fat is made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil — a process invented in the late 19th century to help lengthen the shelf life of food products. The process of hydrogenation increases the saturated-fat content.
It's more harmful than other types of fat in your diet. Partially hydrogenated oil raises the bad blood cholesterol (LDL) while lowering the good cholesterol (HDL),. "It's even worse than saturated fat because it's introducing something unnatural into the body. There's no reason to have trans fats in food. They're unnecessary, artificial, and bad."
All oils contain saturated (the bad one), monounsaturated (the preferred one), and polyunsaturated (neutral) fats in varying percentages.
Moderate use of oils higher in monounsaturated and lower in saturated fats is a way to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Choose foods lower in fat whenever possible, to keep your daily intake below 30 percent of calories.
Choose foods lower in saturated fat to reduce risk of heart disease. Unless you have a personal preference or a food allergy, the specific type of oil isn't as important as the amounts of total fat and saturated fat present. The best is switching to an unsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol. Look for monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats on the label, which indicate healthier oils such as olive, sunflower and soybean.
Read your labels to avoid trans-fats.
Recognizing a product contains trans fat, if the ingredient list has "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil," "hydrogenated vegetable oil" or "vegetable shortening," the food contains trans fat.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, trans fat can be found in products like cookies, crackers, vegetable shortenings, some margarine's, snack foods. Just look for the phrase "partially hydrogenated oil" on the label. On Jan. 1, 2006, all food manufacturers were required to label trans fat in their products.
A couple helpful sights.
The Harvard School of Public Health
American Heart Association
Good Health to all.