The environmental working group or EWG announced today, June 16, 2015, that the government has decided to gradually phase out the use of partially hydrogenated fats [the ingredient used to extend shelf life of certain foods, especially frozen foods] in packaged, processed food products. This is great news because this ingredient, more commonly known as trans fats, causes blockage of arteries leading to heart disease. Scientists agree that trans fats increase LDL, the bad cholesterol, decrease HDL, the good cholesterol, increase triglycerides that thicken the blood, and increase the risk for clotting, heart attacks and stroke. Trans fats may also contribute to increased inflammation and oxidative stress. These fats are known to be associated with insulin resistance and the development of diabetes type II. The Institute of Medicine has stated that there are “no known health benefits and no safe level” of trans fats. Unfortunately, the FDA is allowing processed foods to contain less than 1/2 a gram of trans fats and round it down on the label to indicate 0 trans fats!! Another example of labeling tricks. The FDA is also not stipulating a date for when these ingredients must be eliminated or banned from our foods. It has been estimated by EWG that approximately 37 percent of our food products contain trans fats, but only 2 percent indicate this ingredient on the label, making it especially difficult for the average shopper to know what they are consuming. This is especially dangerous for children who can easily consume much higher levels of trans fats in lunchable snacks, popcorn, chips, frozen pizza and packaged cookies.

This is just one more reason why it is so much healthier to eat WHOLE, real food, rather than choosing packaged, processed, refined foods that contain artificial ingredients. ALL artificial ingredients cause massive harm to our bodies, leading to autoimmune disorders, blood and bone disorders, heart disease, diabetes, and birth defects. The ingredients that cause the most harm include the endocrine disruptors, excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartame, artificial hormones and antibiotics used in raising animals, pesticides, herbicides, and other environmental toxins.

Eat whole, real, nutritious food! Buy or grow as much organic food as possible.