"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Health, Nutrition and Special Diets
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-01-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
Head Chef
skilletlicker's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 2,024
Trans fat vs. saturated fat

I've seen many discussions, here and elsewhere, about trans fat and saturated fat but I have not seen a discussion about which is worse.

The Commercial Appeal, the Memphis newspaper, ran two articles today written by Mary Powers, a local reporter. Trimming the fat South waking to lean menus explains that trans fat (Crisco, most margarine, etc.) is bad and discusses recent local and national restaurant changes regarding it.

A companion article titled Saturated fat still the No. 1 dietary villian asserts that saturated fat (lard, bacon fat, etc.) is even worse and loosely cites authorities to justify the claim.

I knew olive oil was better for you than Crisco but I thought substituting animal fat rendered at home, while worse than oil, was still an improvement over shortening. According to the newspaper that is wrong.

Does this square with your understanding of the subject?

Food fuels the body. Good food fuels body and soul.

"Recipes don’t have to be followed EXACTLY and creative diversions can taste great! But too much diversion and you have ice cream in your broccoli." Mike Israetel
skilletlicker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2007, 02:21 PM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
Andy M.'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 47,803
I don't think it's as important which is worse for you. They're both not great. There are times when you will eat animal fat and there is no reasonable substitution. It's easy to avoid margarine and its trans fats but you have to accept the sat fat of butter. Sometimes shortening is the best or better solution for baking.

I choose, rather than driving myself crazy with 'which is worse' dilemmas, to eat these things in moderation.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.