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June 22, 2009

Forget Swine Flu or H1N1 Man, That Is Old News

The  Panic over Swine Flu is surprising when you consider how most people continue to do things to themselves every day that are far more likely to be deadly.

For example, most people are still eating one specific type of food that has been deemed totally unfit for human consumption.

Now THAT’s scary.

Let’s face it, bad news sells!

We have been bombarded by the media with stories of Swine Flu as pandemic epidemic!   Health experts are arguing that Swine Flu is no worse than the common flu.

I wonder why the media doesn’t put this kind of effort and attention into more productive types of public health messages, like what to eat and what NOT to eat?

Why don’t consumers respond with equal alarm when messages about our food are broadcast?

Ironically, people avoid crowded public places like the gym and don facemasks when going out in public. These same people will remove their masks and proceed to smoke cigarettes and eat food that’s potentially far more dangerous than any flu threat.

Most people are literally eating poison every day without giving it a second thought.

Here’s the result: In the US alone, 1,700,000 new cases of diabetes, 233,600 diabetes-related deaths, 600,000 myocardial infarctions and 451,300 coronary heart disease-related deaths every year.

Trans Fatty Acids: The poison in our food supply that most people are STILL eating

New Studies on Trans fatty Acids

TFA’s are not new news, but there have been new studies published this year on the dangers of TFA’s, two of them just in the last month. If you think swine flu is scary, consider the following facts from the latest research:

  • Four recent studies indicated 24, 20, 27 and 32% higher risk of myocardial infarction (MI) or CHD death for every 2% energy of TFA consumption isocalorically replacing carbohydrate, SFA, cis monounsaturated fatty acids and cis polyunsaturated fatty acids, respectively.
  • Even consumption of small amounts of TFA’s (2% of total energy intake) is consistently linked to coronary heart disease.

If heart disease isn’t enough, the research says that TFA’s will also negatively adverse other parts of the body…for a list of these just ask and I will have my assistant post them in the  comments.

Some experts say there is NO safe level of TFA intake.


If Trans fats are so dangerous, why is their use so widespread?

Nutrition author Udo Erasmus put it this way: “TFA’s are a food manufacturer’s dream: an unspoilable substance that lasts forever.” TFA’s are cheap and for countless food products, they can prolong shelf life, allow easy transport, provide solidity at room temperature, and increase suitability for commercial frying.

“TFA’s are bad for you.” Ok, so now what? What you really need are some simple behavior guidelines and a list of foods to eat very infrequently if you eat them at all.

Here’s a good place for you to start.

4 Ways to Avoid Trans Fatty Acids

1. Read ingredients lists. The primary source of TFA’s is partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. In particular, soybean, sunflower, cottonseed and palm oils are frequently hydrogenated.  Read food labels on any packaged products and look at the ingredients list. If it contains partially hydrogenated oils, it contains TFA’s.

2. Watch for label loopholes.

3. Eat mostly foods that do not have a label.

4. Avoid foods that contain TFA’s most of the time.

  • cookies*
  • crackers*
  • biscuits*
  • pastries*
  • pies*
  • doughnuts*
  • packaged frozen foods (breaded chicken, breaded fish, etc)
  • corn chips
  • potato chips
  • packaged popcorn
  • some breads
  • frostings
  • French fries (fried potatoes)
  • taco shells
  • margarine
  • shortening
  • some salad dressings
  • some candies
  • some processed cheeses

* Major food sources for American adults

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