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Trans fat: The Silent Killers

Posted on | March 29, 2010 | No Comments

Say "NO" to trans fats

Artificial trans fats are (or hydrogenated fat) are made when hydrogen gas reacts with oil. The result is a stiffer fat that is much more convenient to be used by manufacturers.  Seems reasonable? Little did they know that a monster would be created for the sake of convenience. Trans fats are responsible for causing a long list of health problems including the ability to increase bad cholesterol (LDL) & lower good (HDL), raise the risk of heart disease & Type 2 Diabetes, clog arteries, cause obesity and promote inflammation.

So the obvious choice would be to stop eating them right?  But with food manufacturers just about soaking their products with them for the purpose of shelf life, stability and taste that’s almost impossible.  (Until they are outlawed worldwide)

Change needs to be made.  We should look towards Denmark and Switzerland who have banned the use of trans fats in manufacturing or make it compulsory for every country to declare the presence of trans fats clearly on packaging.

Below is a list of foods with the percentage of Trans fats listed*.  It’s important to note that these percentages will change depending on the brands.  It’s scary to think that most of these food products would be eaten at least daily across the world.  Should Trans fats be renamed as “The Silent Killers” ?

  • Breakfast bars:  0 – 30.6%
  • Chicken nuggets:  0 – 8.5%
  • Cream biscuits:  0 – 3.3%
  • Deep fried fish fillets:  0 – 5.0%
  • Donuts:  0 – 4.8%
  • Dumpling:  0 – 3.2%
  • Falafel:  0 – 2.6%
  • Fried noodles:  0 – 5.9%
  • Hot chips: 0 – 5.8%
  • Muffins:  0 – 3.1%
  • Popcorn:  0 – 35.2%
  • Potato crisps: 0 – 22.2%
  • Savoury biscuits: 0 – 12.7%
  • Shelf stable cakes:  0 – 4.1%
  • Spring rolls:  0 – 10.8%
  • Sweet & sour pork: 0 – 2.4%


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