Avoid Trans Fat
It’s easy to avoid danger when it’s obvious to the naked eye. Electrical currents, jogging near busy highways, and steep rooftops are all areas of danger we can see to avoid.
Hidden danger, on the other hand, requires more intuition and awareness. Today, I’d like to open eyes to the hidden danger of trans fat and how to avoid it. Trans fat is a natural particle of fat found in trace amounts of meat products. Yet, most often it is as a primary ingredient in manufactured snacks.
Most people are aware hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil on the ingredient label indicate the presence of trans fat. A danger to all heart patients. It’s prevalence in highly processed food enhance flavor and prolong shelf life. Hence, the wide usage of it in many products.
The sad fact for consumers is…..it does not prolong our lives, it actually increases low density lipoproteins (LDL) in the blood. High LDL is a contributing factor in high cholesterol and heart disease.
Research from the Harvard School of Public Health and elsewhere indicates that trans fats can harm health in even small amounts: for every 2% of calories from trans fat consumed daily, the risk of heart disease rises by 23%. (health.harvard.edu August, 2017)
Therefore, the sad reality is that manufactures don’t have to claim trans fat in their products if they contain less than 0.5 grams per serving. Snacking on a bag of chips, frozen pizza, or cookies, one can easily ingest 2% of daily calories from trans fat!
Consider our eyes opened, as well as the eyes of the FDA. The FDA has implemented new guidelines and a three year compliance requirement for manufactures to remove this danger from products.
Meanwhile, with wide open eyes to this hidden danger, we can review a variety of products the FDA has listed as containing trans fat, they include:
Crackers, cookies, sauces, ready made meals in a box.
Refrigerated dough products (pie crusts, biscuits, gravy, pre-packaged frozen meals).
Margarine and all margarine products, vegetable shortening (Crisco)
Lastly, the wise book of Proverbs applies to today, as it did in ancient times, as we uncover hidden danger in the foods we are accustomed to eating.
Proverbs 27:12 says, ” The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Now that we are aware of the high cost of quick pleasure the question is do we take refuge in what God so easily provides for healing from the garden or do we keep going and dangerously pay the penalty?