Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 103

HEALTH + WELLNESS —2— ELIMINATE TRANS FATS, COMPLETELY During an interview on Larry King Live, Andrew Weill, MD, Director of the University of Arizona Integrative Center for Medicine, was asked what the one thing Americans could do to improve their health. He replied: “Eliminate trans fats from the diet.” Trans fats are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation. This process makes the oil less likely to spoil. Trans fats are then added to foods in the manufacturing process to help them stay fresher longer and to have an extended shelf-life. Scientists believe that these trans fats can’t be eliminated by the body and are stored in the cells in the same way as saturated fat. This storage appears to increase your bad cholesterol and deplete your good cholesterol more than other fats. Because of these health concerns, food manufacturers have reduced trans fats in prepared foods. Any amount of trans fat, however, is too much. These fats have an additive effect in the body, so even though one serving may be less than the 0.5 gram amount, multiple servings throughout the day would exceed the limit. If the product doesn’t say “No trans fat” then check the label. Look for words such as “partially hydrogenated “vegetable oil.” This is another term for trans fat. The easiest way to avoid trans fats is to avoid all processed foods. —3— ELIMINATE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an industrialized food product and doesn’t occur naturally in the environment. It is not completely clear how the product is manufactured, because this has been kept under wraps, but it is known that HFCS is made of a higher ratio of fructose to glucose. Fructose is sweeter than glucose and HFCS is cheaper to produce. HFCS People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year’s but they really should be worried about what they eat between New Year’s and Christmas. —Author unknown DECEMBER 2013 103