If you go into your pantry right now and pull out a prepackaged product, any product, 90% chance that Partially Hydrogenated Oil will be one of the ingredients. While being referred to as the Silent Killer, hydrogenated oils are present in practically every processed product on the store shelves.
What is Partially Hydrogenated Oil?
Hydrogenated Oil is used in the food industry for the sole purpose of prolonging the
shelf life of processed foods; in other words – to maximize profits. The process is to take healthy oil and heat it to about 1000 degrees. After that metal (nickel, platinum or aluminum) is injected into the heated oil and allowed to boil for several hours. This process changes the structure and density of the oil into a solid or semi solid state and viola – partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated oil is created.
Consumption of products containing partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated oil thickens the blood. The heart has to work that much harder to pump this viscous blood throughout the system. This leads to clogged arteries, high blood pressure and heart disease.
At least 30,000 and as many as 100,000 cardiac deaths a year in the United States could be prevented if people used healthier non hydrogenated polyunsaturated or
Products Likely To Contain Partially Hydrogenated or Hydrogenated Oil
Margarine, vegetable shortening, packaged snacks, pre baked goods, ready-to-use dough, fried foods, fast foods, coffee creamers, cake mixes, biscuit, pancake and cornbread, mixes, frostings, frozen bakery products, toaster pastries, waffles, pancakes, cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, donuts, whipped toppings, crackers, peanut butter (except fresh-ground), instant mashed potatoes, frozen entrees and meals, taco shells, french fries, cocoa mix, prepared frozen meats and fish, microwave popcorn, breakfast cereals, noodle soup cups, corn chips, potato chips, pasta mixes, sauce mixes, dressings and low-fat ice creams.
How To Avoid Hydrogenated Oil?
1.Use vegetable oil for cooking. I personally like to use grape seed oil as it withstands higher temperatures than vegetable oils.
2.Read the labels very carefully. Just because the product says it’s organic, doesn’t mean it contains no harmful ingredients.
3. Limit your consumption of processed and packaged foods.
4. Cook from scratch.
5. Replace processed snacks with vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. If you have to have baked snacks, make them yourselves.
In the society of profits and consumerism, one has to take their health into their own hands.