If you eat a Paleo diet, you know all about trans fats, I’m sure. However, many people still don’t get it, believe it or not. There’s a reason companies use trans fats in their processed foods and a reason why they want to continue to do so, even though the public at large is screaming for them to stop. Check out this video and you will be scouring labels to make sure you never consume it again. (Or better yet, eat a Paleo/Primal diet and you won’t have to waste time reading labels.)
Do I look familiar? I’m sure you’ve seen me around
Companies like using trans fats in their foods because they’re easy to use, inexpensive to produce and last a long time. They give foods a desirable taste and texture. Most restaurants and fast-food outlets use trans fats to deep-fry foods because oils with trans fats can be used many times in commercial fryers. The food industry uses different names for trans fats in their packaging. These include margarine, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening, and shortening. If the ingredients on the package list any of these items, the food contains trans fats, no matter what the nutrition label says.
Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got
Watch out for foods that proclaim to have ‘Zero Grams of Trans Fats per Serving!’ Check out the ingredients and then check out the serving size. This claim takes advantage of the FDA regulation that allows rounding to zero any ingredients that account for less than 0.5 grams per serving. “Reduction of serving sizes to implement this type of misinformation became more frequent when the new FDA regulations requiring disclosure of trans fats went into effect in 2006.”1 Change the serving size from 3 to 2 cookies and voila! You have less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving and you are legally allowed to proclaim that your food has ‘zero grams of trans fat.’ They must think we’re really stupid.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
That ‘mom and pop’ restaurant you eat at on Sunday morning more than likely fries your eggs and potatoes in trans fats to save money and to make them taste better. After all, they have to keep up with the fast food industry, which you can bet your ass uses trans fats in almost everything. Ask a restaurant to fry your food in butter and see what their response is. A lot of restaurants can’t do that anymore because they don’t have real butter on hand. Ask before you eat. If they can’t accommodate you, don’t eat there. I’ve even tried bringing my own butter or coconut oil to small restaurants, and they won’t touch it.
Does anybody wonder? Anybody care?
It’s trans fats, not saturated fats, that kill you. Your body doesn’t know what to do with artificial ingredients, trans fats or chemicals. Eat Paleo and you will avoid this garbage 100% of the time. For more information, ScientificPsychic has a great breakdown of nutrition labels. You’ll find the info on trans fats on page 3.
1. Lee Ann Womack – The Fool
2. Jennifer Lopez – Jenny From the Block
3. The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
4. Def Leppard – Foolin’