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fully hydrogenated oils….

March 9, 2009

So much for spring-weather in New England. Snowed/rained today, which I can’t really complain about because 1. I am stuck in bed and 2. It meant my Mom(who was leaving today) had to wait for the plows! yay!

Anyways…just when I thought I had the trans fat/partially hydrogenated oils thing figured out…..fully hydrogenated oils start popping up on labels….yuck! So, since myself(along with 11 other dietetic interns and our director) did not know if these new oils had trans fat I had to do a little research and figured I would share it with everyone else..I have to thank the wonderful Gill of Operation Front Line/Share our Strength for the heads up on this topic.
Check out the great organization here: Operation Front Line/Share Our Strength

“trans fat free” is a tricky claim. A product can state that it is trans fat free as long as there is less than 0.5 grams per serving. So be sure to read the ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils(because that’s where trans fat comes from). I thought that was tricky enough; because you can buy a product claiming to be trans fat free even though it really has some!

But noooooooooo, now there are fully hydrogenated oils and just plain hydrogenated oils are appearing on products.

So here is the deal with all of these:
Fully hydrogenated oils: contain no trans fat but are still processed and saturated(not the healthiest fat)
Hydrogenated oils: can be partially, fully or a combination of the two. May contain trans fat but there is no way to know for sure because if the product has less than 0.5 grams per serving it would not need to list it on the nutrition facts panel.
Partially hydrogenated oils: trans fat (named after the type of chemical bond formed during processing)
Mainly these oils are found in processed foods including; packaged baked goods, commercial peanut butter, breakfast bars, jarred frostings, boxed cake mixes etc. etc. etc.

Just thought I’d give those of you who are mobile enough to grocery shop a heads up, in case you see anything with partially, fully or just hydrogenated oils.

Hope you are having a wonderful, hydrogenation free day!!-Lisa D.

p.s. in case anyone reading this hasn’t heard about trans fats(which I would find hard to believe) they are the type of fat that results when a liquid fat(like soybean or vegetable oil) is converted to a solid fat. The processing gives the oil a new type of bond which makes it bad for your heart-which is why is has become such a buzz word in the food world and places like NYC are banning them.

p.p.s. The beautiful and hardcore Miss Abbie over at Foods That Fit is celebrating her updated site with a giveaway of some of her favorite things! I have always wanted to try PB2! So check out her site and enter to win an awesome goodie basket.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Gina permalink
    March 10, 2009 1:26 am

    Thanks for the update. I guess we all need to go back to yesterday’s quote about eating less food and having it be mostly vegetable.

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