Margarines take up a lot of shelf space in the supermarket
Trans Fatty Acids
In Australia trans fatty acids were supposed to be phased out of our food by the end of January 2013. This has not happened. Why? It is because the government left it up to the large manufacturers to do this. The government was reluctant to make it a law under the Food Labelling Law and Policy. Are they more interested in what the food manufacturers want than in the health of their own people, the people of Australia? The government will have to pay the bill in the health system in the future by letting the manufacturers have their way.
At the moment manufacturers do not have to tell us if our food contains trans fatty acids (TFAs) or how much it contains. This makes it hard for us to make an informed decision about the foods we eat.
How did Trans Fatty Acids Come About?
Manufactured TFAs were first made in the 1950s when the processors found out how to make liquid oils solid at room temperatures and extend their shelf life.
Who is at Risk?
Anybody who eats large quantities of snack foods and margarines is at risk of inflammatory diseases caused by the trans fatty acids.
What do Trans Fatty Acids do?
Trans fatty acids increase our ‘bad’ cholesterol and lower our ‘good’ cholesterol so making us more at risk of heart disease.
Where are Trans Fatty Acids Found?
TFAs are found naturally in milk and dairy products made from milk. These are not as dangerous as manufactured TFAs.
Dangerous TFAs are found in margarines and fast foods which include pastries and bakery goods. Snack foods, for instance muesli bars, microwave popcorn and potato chips are included in this. Anybody eating large quantities of these is at greater risk of heart disease and other major illness including diabetes.
How to Avoid Trans Fatty Acids?
The best way to avoid the consumption of ingredients in foods we do not wish to eat is to eat fresh foods, that is, vegetables, fruit and meat and to cook meals ourselves. This way you can control the ingredients in a meal.
People in the US consume five times the amount of trans fatty acids than the people in Australia.
Let’s try to limit our consumption of TFAs and become more healthy.
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