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Old 08-17-2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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Worse than Trans Fats?

Where did this come from? I have never heard of it, that I remember.

I just read an article about Interesterified fats. Supposed to be a chemically modified fat just like trans fats, only worse. It is fully hydrogenated, and is an alternative to hydrogenation. And I actually saw some in Krogers yesterday, in a brand name peanut butter.

How did this slip into the food market, or have I been under a rock too long?

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Old 08-17-2008, 04:24 PM   #2
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I've never heard of it, either, Beth, and I read EVERY label before I consider buying.
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:41 PM   #3
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I had just read this article yesterday morning and then went shopping, was out of PB and was reading all the labels...and dern it, there it was. It was listed as "fully hydrogenated" something. I avoid "partially hydrogented" fats, and was surprised to see this fake fat in a well known main stream kids peanut butter.

before I lost internet connection, I was googling and found this fake fat has been in use in Europe for 15 years, and they are not complaining??

The article is in Today's Diet and Nutrition, a mag written and reviewed by registered dietitians, a group I respect. The article was sounding an alarm. Said research had shown this fat decreases high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholestrol.
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:50 PM   #4
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Never heard of it it either. I know of saturated, unsaturated and trans. Interesting how new things continue to come out that is bad for you. I wonder what will be edible in 20 years??
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:45 PM   #5
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I wonder what will be edible in 20 years??
well, I think I know what will be edible in 20 years, REAL FOOD, stuff from your garden, fruit from your trees, organic grains from your local health food store.

From this article'

"food manufacturers use chemically modified fats because they increase the shelf life of foods. If you avoid prepackaged, processed foods, you'll easily avoid chemically altered fats....eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes as much as possible. If you focus on eating foods in their natural state and eating processed foods only occasionally, that would be much healthier."
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:27 AM   #6
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When I posted this concern last August, I was finding almost nothing online about it. Today I tried again and there is more; even has made wikipedia. Here are some links to find out more about this woririsome new fat. I am particularly at risk for cardio vascular disease (CVD) so this is to be avoided. This new fat also may be a pre-curser to diabetes.....

http://www.transfatfree.com/pages/articles/interesterified_fat.htm

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-interesterified-fat.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070116131545.htm

http://www.theheart.org/article/765927.do

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It seems to me that we are being given so much to worry about in every area of our life that worry will probably be the cause of death for many. Of course it won't be listed that way - there will be another name for it. We try to eat simple foods and even that in moderation - avoiding packaged foods as much as possible. Even some products promoted as "organic" aren't really that when they are researched. Every news article seems to try to send us in another direction.
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People just need to get back to the kitchen. Too much highly processed food is not good for you. The culprit may be trans fat, interesterified fats, or just too much salt, too many additives and not much nutrition.

If, for your car, you used old gasoline and cut the motor oil with mud it would meet a premature demise. But you didn't kill it with worry, it died of abuse.
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And despite it all our lives seem to get better and longer. More time in a nursing home I suppose. I'm 65 and did all the things in excess, especially in the 60's, that I learned forty years later is bad for us, but I'm too old to change my ways now. I did confirm that no matter what we do in life we all end up the same....dead.
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I believe there will always be something new to worry about. After having had cancer twice, I have decided that along with taking my nutrition seriously, I'm going to enjoy myself. That means I'm going to eat anything and everything in moderation. I refuse to live my life in fear of the unknown. Like I said, I take nutrition seriously but what kind of life do you have if you are constantly worried. Enjoy!!!
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