In case you needed yet another reason to avoid highly processed foods… Trans fats—and their artificially saturated version, hydrogenated fats—are widespread processed-food additives that lower the cost of foods and increase shelf life. They are well-known heart-cloggers, and have been linked to today’s biggest diseases and disorders: diabetes, obesity, infertility, cancer, depression and more. I have just now heard of a lovely new connection: trans fats hasten mental decline. Check out Rachel Zimmerman’s overview for details. There is a simple way to avoid eating trans fats or serving them to your loved ones: cook with whole foods whenever possible, and avoid prepackaged foodstuff with lengthy (and unintelligible) ingredient lists.
“Family Life is Better when your kids are Healthy! FIBER is an essential part of a healthy diet.” I’ll give you three guesses where I came across this slogan. (1) A carton of prunes. (2) A package of All Bran. (3) The side of a Froot Loops box. If you guessed (3), congrats.
Huh? Consider the ingredients list on the opposite side of the box. First in line is sugar, 7th is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. (For those who may not know, ingredients are always listed in their order of prevalence.) But don’t worry, just a little further down are all your various artificial food dyes, now associated with behavior and attention issues in kids, among other things. [Read more…]