Trans fat

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Do you care about Trans Fats?

  1. Trans fats don't bother me.

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    33.3%
  2. I care about Trans fats.

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    66.7%
  1. The Scribe

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  2. StefanM

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    I try to avoid them whenever possible. If I see one brand without trans fat but another brand with it, I'll generally choose the one without trans fat.

    As you can see by my signature line, this post, for example, contains 0 grams of trans fat.
     
  3. Dan Todd

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    I care about them - the only problem is - that most of the time they make what I eating - taste real good! :BangHead:
     
  4. I Am Blessed 24

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    With high cholesterol...I have to care about them. :(
     
  5. Tom Bryant

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    With Iraq, Afghanistan, Presidential elections, the economy's slow down, the oil price hikes... I don't think I have time for anything more to really care about. :laugh: :laugh:

    Amen!
     
  6. EdSutton

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    I'd like to "Trans fats".

    Unfortunately, most of it still seems to hang on. :laugh: :laugh:

    Ed
     
  7. thomas not doubting

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    I have read that an average of 4 grams of trans fat a day increases your risk of heart disease by about 20%. 8 grams of Trans fat a day doubles your chances for a heart attack.

    We all know saturated fat is bad for you, but Trans fat is even worse.

    Right now the FDA limit is no more than 2 grams per day. Preferably you should be getting none.

    Unfortunately, the FDA allows any food product with less than 0.5 grams of Trans fat per serving to be sold as having "0 grams of Trans fat per serving". That means it could have 0.49 grams of Trans fat in one serving and still be sold as 0.

    If you ate a few different products labeled like this throughout the day, you could easily get more than 2 grams thinking you were getting none.

    Canada's labeling limit for "zero grams per serving" is 0.2 grams or less.

    I don't buy any product that is listed as having Trans fat.
     
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  8. xdisciplex

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    You do not only have to care about them when you have high cholesterol, you should always try to avoid them even if your cholesterol is not elevated.

    When you go to video.google.com there is a 2 part series done by a guy (jerry brunetti) who had cancer and survived by following a rather unorthodox approach because he was sick of the pharma industries earning money with other people's diseases. The video is called "food as medicine". I can only recommend it. He talks about a lot of stuff such as healthy and unhealthy fats, healthy vegetables, healthy spices and much more. You don't have to take everything he says for granted but for me it was definitely worth it.
     
  9. Ed Edwards

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    The trans fats I care about most are those stuck on my belly from once side to the other (trans = side 2 side, yes?).
     
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    I think it should be made illegal ti use trans fat..
     
  11. chuck2336

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    Everyone SHOULD care about them but...... hold on I will be right back I need to make a Mcdonalds run!
     
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    Why do so many people ahve such poor information when it comes to cholesterol? Just because one eats cholesterol does not mean they will have high cholesterol. In fact a lot of people who drink sodas have very high cholesterol.

    By avoiding carbs I took my cholesterol from about 250 in 1998 to 138 and my triglicerides went to 58. I was a ticking time bomb at the time. Just stopped eating lots of sugar and ice cream and started exercising a lot more. Now I eat meat and chesse a lot more instead.
     
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    The stuff the food companies are making to replace trans fats will probably be just as bad. I was reading one cracker label and saw interesterrified soybean oil. Should I be interested in or terrified of it. I think I stick with good ol' meat and potatoes. I try to avoid any partially hydrogenated oil of any kind. I would rather use a small amount or real butter. I started using more olive oil when I can and avoid as much possibe any ingredients I cannot pronounce.
     
  14. Ed Edwards

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    Cholesterol is your body's back-up energy system. Energy is stored as fat. Unfortunately the Cholesterol energy system doesn't kick-in till the 8th mile of jogging. I have COPD (what ever that stands for, it amounts to I don't get enough oxygen into my blood stream due to lung problems). I cannot walk more than 200 feet, let alone run for over 40,000 feet. Anyway, most people aren't active enough to burn off choesterol. The secret then is to NOT make choesterol.

    When you eat lots of carbs, then your body has enough energy so your body makes cholesterol and other elements that are needed for your energy back-up system and stores them in fat cells.

    When you don't eat enough carbs to power yourself, then you body doesn't make choesterol from the dietary fat.

    The secret then is to NOT make choesterol by cutting back on carbs.

    BTW, be careful of sayings on food containers. The center of an Oreo is made from equal parts fat & confectioner's sugar. The center of an Oreo is naturally 50% fat free (the sugar half has no fat). The center of an Oreo is naturally 50% sugar free (not to mention 50% carb free) -- the fat half has no sugar in it whatsoever.

    As a result one can truthfully say:
    The center of an Oreo is 50% FAT FREE and 50% SUGAR FREE.
     
  15. I Am Blessed 24

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    I, too, have COPD (Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Ed (due to Chronic Bronchitis). It's not fun.

    The best way to increase good cholesterol is exercise...preferably walking. I, like you, cannot walk very far or very fast without oxygen (and not much farther or faster with it). My oxygen level drops dramatically and has sent me to the ER more than once.

    It's a catch 22...
     
  16. Ed Edwards

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    Amen, Sister I Am Blessed 17 -- you are so RIGHT ON! :thumbs:

    I, too, have COPD (Cardiac Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), I Am Blessed 17 (due to emphysema). It's not fun.

    Back in the 1970s, when I took a College level class on Fallout Shelter Management, we lived on the Fallout Shelter rations. The daily carb ration was ONE LEMON DROP. It was only about half the size of today's Sonic piece of candy they put in each sack.
     

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