Girl Scout Cookies and Trans Fat

What is Trans Fat?

 Trans  fat is not a healthy food.  It is made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil–a process called hydrogenation.  Trans fats or Hydrogenation increases the shelf life and flavor stability of foods containing these fats.

Trans fat can be found in  crackers, cookies, snack foods, and other foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils. Unlike other fats, the majority of trans fat is formed when food manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine.  I remember my daughter had to do a research project on trans fats and hydrogenated oils encountered in foods.  This was about three years ago.  We spent a couple of hours at a local supermarket here in Marin County.  To her chagrin, there were not hardly any items that did not contain trans fats or hydrogenated oils.  The only exception was the fresh fruits and vegetables.  And one asks why I am a raw fooder.

Trans fat,  raises the LDL cholesterol that increases your risk for Coronary Heart Disease. Trans fat has also been known to increase allergies. 

Girl Scout Cookies sell nearly half a billion dollars worth of cookies and girl scout cookies contain trans fatty acids.  Why?

Next year they won’t be able to get away with it as the government will require all packaged goods to list the amount of trans fat in their products, and trans fat will finally be known as the dangerous compound that it is.  And hopefully the  the public has the capacity  to identify these dangerous foods as my daughter did a few years ago.  Her science teacher actually taught the students how to read labels.  What a great concept.  Do you have any idea what you are putting in your mouth. Some of it you would never even touch it if you knew what the whole story.  Another reason for a raw fooder.

Girl Scout officials claim they continue encouraging the two national companies that bake the cookies to find other oils that still taste as good.  I do hope this is true.  I like the Girl Scouts.  I was a girl scout when I was young and so was my daughter.  She soldl those cookies.

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Trans-faty foods has been known to  reduce blood vessel function by 30% and lowered HDL the good-cholesterol levels by about one fifth.  In  my research for my book, MicroMiracles,  I came across this fact that was shocking-  a meal with high amounts of trans fats, saturated fats,  and sugars etc, can compromise the integrity of the arteries almost immediately causing restriction and blockage, predisposing one to a heart attack.  So eating right is your best medicine. 

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The major sources of trans fats in our diet are the ready-made baked goods and fried fast foods. These foods usually not  labeled, so consumer does not know how much trans fats she is ingesting. 
Trans fat accounts for about 5%  of dietary fat intake in the US.



Parents and children need  to avoid  trans fat. Aside from margarine there are many hidden sources of trans fat such as many salad dressings, most all crackers, most mayonnaise and most all fried foods. Remember most packages foods such as chips and prepared meals have trans fats. 

Good diet points to remember:  Try to eat one raw meal a day.

Read labels and take a digestive enzyme with each meal.  They are the optimal delivery system. 

HOpefully next year the girl scouts cookies will be forced to change. 

And perhaps they can have cookies that are low in sugar as well.  Can’t hurt to ask.


 

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