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Tfa Art 6jun Driveway to Disaster

Tfa Art 6jun Driveway to Disaster

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TRANS FAT:DRIVEWAY TO DISASTER 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHAT IS TRANS FAT?
WHAT IS PARTIAL HYDROGENATION?
WHY TO AVOID TRANS FAT?
HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRANS FAT?
HOW TO AVOID FOOD CONTAINING TRANS FAT?
FAQ
WHAT DOES THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAVE TO SAY?
CONCLUSION!
WHAT IS TRANS FAT ?
As most of us living here in North America know well, that this
trans fat
is
perceived
 to be a foodcomponent that is woven in the fabric of our lives much intricately.
It is partially hydrogenated oil. It is also known as trans fatty acid, TFA in short.
With the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, almost 30-40% of any processed food that we buyfrom the grocery stores or eat in the restaurants is likely to have TFA present in them.
It is present in margarine, butter, chips, cookies, crackers, pastries, doughnuts, muffins, pie,French fries, bread, peanut butter, bar snacks, candies, mouth freshening mints, fried and/orroasted nuts, cereals, chocolates, in pizza crusts, instant flavored coffee mixes, microwave andmovie popcorns, in many snacks, whether or Indian or typical North American snack food.Many of the typical Indian sweets are heavily loaded with the TFA. You just cannot get away fromthem.If you use Canola oil, soy oil, corn oil or any vegetable oil, they are likely to have Trans Fat inthem.
 
Desi ghee (i.e. clarified butter), if purchased from stores, has TFA too. Unfortunately, mostbrands of desi ghee sold in the stores are adulterated with animal fat as well as vanaspati (sameas Crisco) as per the news reports in some leading Indian dailies that appeared few months back in 2008.The unadulterated desi ghee is without Trans Fat, though it has some naturally occurring transfat which is not harmful.
The oils that are without TFA are peanut oil and olive oil. They do not get hydrogenated.
Without much awareness, we Indians, apart from those who live in India, no matter whichcountries we live in, especially the first generation immigrants, have been using TFA since almost50-60 years which are nothing but Dalda, Vanaspati and Crisco. When Dalda (or Crisco) wasintroduced in India in fifties, people were made to believe that this was a cheaper substitute fordesi ghee and since desi ghee was becoming more and more expensive, the poor and middle classaccepted it with open arms and with big smiles on their faces.
Further, our lives revolve around sweets as we eat sweets all the time.We have several festivals when we eat sweets. Whenever we celebrate any occasion, we eat sweets.
WHAT IS PARTIAL HYDROGENATION?
In the hydrogenation process, vegetable oil such as canola, corn, sunflower, soya, cottonseed orsafflower is reacted under pressure with hydrogen gas at around 250 - 400oF for several hours inthe presence of a catalyst such as nickel or platinum converting liquid oil into semi-solid form atroom temperature to get the butter-looking product which enhances the shelf-life of the fooditems and makes them look and taste better.
Fats and oils that are solid or semi-solid at roomtemperature have advantages for food production. They are more stable and break down less easily underconditions of high temperature heating. In other words, they tolerate higher temperatures withoutcatching fire, so they’re popular in microwave popcorn and deep frying. These properties make thembetter for frying. Products made with these fats also have a longer shelf life than if made with liquid oils.
WHY TO AVOID TRANS FAT? 
Trans Fat has ZERO NUTRITIONAL VALUE. IT IS NOT A FOOD ITEM. PERIOD.It is nothing better than an AUTOMOBILE REPAIR LUBRICATING GREASE.You can leave a cube of margarine sitting out for months or years and it will not be touched bymoulds, insects, or rodents. Margarine is a non-food item! It would appear that only humans arefoolish enough to eat it!It cannot be metabolized by the liver. It just sits in our body. It replaces the fat which is thecomponent of the cell membrane and once that happens, the cells lose their flexibility.
 
Our entire body functioning depends on the cell-to-cell communications. We have about 70-100trillion cells in our body and they all carry out all the bodily functions by communicating witheach other.Our body cells are defined by the membranes. They not only separate one cell from another, theyalso determine how cells communicate with each other and govern their internal actions. Cellmembranes in humans are composed of oils, protein and carbohydrate. Their composition isaffected by the kinds of oil in our diet. Thus, the most crucial actions of the cells for the properfunctioning of our organs depend to a great extent on the oils we consume every day.Human cells must be flexible like good husbands (or May I say, like good wives?), and be able tochange readily to respond to signals.
The oils impart flexibility. When we consume TFA, they occupy the cell membranes and because theyare not flexible, they compromise the flexibility and thus the functioning of the cells. If some of our cell membranes are occupied by the TFA, then those cells cannot effectively and speedily communicatethe message to the brain or from the brain and that may result in slow response or lack of appropriateresponse or ineffective communication.Suppose, you have a heated argument with someone and suddenly that person slaps you, your normalresponse would be to give him back unless:
You are a true Christian, orIF YOU HAVE TFA OCCUPYING YOUR CELL MEMBRANES.
Jokes apart, on a more deeper level, the occupation of cell membranes by TFA results in a state of inflammation that then creates a cascade of metabolic horrors which may lead to diabetes, obesity,heart diseases, autoimmune diseases, depression etc.
HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRANS FAT:
 
Since the man-made partially hydrogenated Trans Fat is totally different from the naturallyfound Trans Fat, which is again found in very small amount in some ruminant animals, ourbodies do not know how to deal with it effectively. It acts as poison to crucial cellular reactions.The body treats it as it would treat the essential fatty acids and it winds up in cell membranesand other places it shouldn't be. It cheats the body, it betrays our trust.IT IMPROVES THE SHELF LIFE OF THE ITEMS THAT YOU CONSUME, AND IN TURNREDUCES THE SHELF LIFE OF THE CONSUMERS LIKE YOU.

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