6 Foods That Contain Hydrogenated Fat

It seems today’s shoppers need a college degree to understand product labels. The object of today’s manufacturing exercise is to make cheaper “foods” with a use by date of forever. A bonus for the manufacturer is that the oils used in making these products make them taste good. The person eating the food craves more of it.

In order to make “foods” last longer, they are made with oils that have been injected with hydrogen gas. This is the scientific explanation: oil is heated. Hydrogen is added. The molecules in the oil are no longer joined. They are joined to the hydrogen. The oil is now saturated, and nothing else can be added to it. Partially mixing the two results in trans fats.

Adding hydrogen to the oil makes whatever results from the recipe harder. Think margarine and shortening. When the oils are in solid form, the foods they are used in don’t spoil as quickly. Adding these oils to other “foods” increases the shelf life indefinitely.

Avoiding these types of “food” is as simple as making everything yourself. Why would anyone eat something the ingredients of which they have no idea? Manufacturers hide these harmful oils from the public by saying “no trans fats!” and “diet” something, among other things.

True wellness is knowing exactly what goes into the food we eat. Making your own food yourself ensures the damages from hydrogenated fat don’t happen to you. No stroke, no heart attacks, no diabetes. Want a a piece of cake? Bake one. Craving a sandwich? Make the bread yourself. You can even make your own potato chips, pizza crust, and candies.

1. Ready To Use Dough

Trans fats result when oil is only partially hydrogenated. Either fully or partially, hydrogenated fat increases the bad cholesterol or LDL and destroys the good cholesterol or HDL. You’ll find hydrogenated fat or oil contained in cans of biscuits, cans of cinnamon rolls and cookie dough, cans of pizza crust, ready to bake frozen dinner rolls and frozen bread dough, frozen pie crusts and frozen pies. If it’s a solid and needs to be baked, then avoid it.

Harvard Medical School advises us that these solids might look perfectly harmless, but they contain hydrogenated oils. If the solid morphs into ready to use dough like phylo pastries for your pot pies, then make your own pie crusts. Dozens of recipe sites online will tell you how to make them both healthy and cheaply.

It will take some effort and groceries you never bought before, but avoiding hydrogenated fat is tasty and better for you. Using coconut or almond flours, coconut sugar or Stevia, as well as leavening like the protein Xanthan gum, you can make breads, cakes, cookies, pizza crusts, and anything else requiring a bread-like base. Make sure you use good oils like extra virgin olive and coconut oils.