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Hello My Friends
Welcome To The Vitality Project!
As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Very recently, in the United States the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a total ban upon trans fat in the food supply.
This ban would require food manufacturers to gradually phase-out the use of trans fats in commercially produced foods.
According to the FDA, the eventual elimination of trans fats in the US food supply could potentially prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths annually. Trans fats are made after exposing vegetable oils to high amounts of heat and hydrogen under pressure. The process of hydrogenation changes the fat molecules from a CIS to a TRANS molecular configuration.
These trans fats are artificially made and can cause a great deal of damage inside our bodies. Trans fats can increases the “bad” LDL cholesterol, produce free radicals, increase inflammation and interfere with the production of necessary fat molecules you body needs to function properly.
Trans fats are used to increase the shelf life of commercially-made foods and can be used to make foods using higher temperatures since the melting-points of trans fats are much higher.
Here in Canada, there are similar warnings and concerns regarding the use of trans fats in the commercial food industry. A spokesperson at the Center for Science in the Public Interest has stated, “According to records we obtained, their [Health Canada’s] own scientists told them they could prevent 1,000 deaths a year and save between a quarter and almost half a billion dollars a year by making regulations to get trans fat out of the food supply.”
Others have also have also stated their concern regarding exports of American foods to the Canadian market. “It may be that U.S. food manufacturers [who] export to Canada will just export a safer product with less trans fat in it, or maybe they’ll see Canada as a market to dump their foods and maybe we’ll end up with more trans fat coming across the border.”
According to documents released from Health Canada, their intention was to limit the content of trans fats in margarines and spreadable vegetable oils to 2% of the total fat content and to a maximum of 5% in all other foods.
However, this proposal was never announced or instituted.
However, the Food & Consumer Products of Canada organization which represents the food and beverage lobby also commented upon this issue, “Canada once had the highest levels of trans-fat consumption in the world.” “Today, the majority of Canada’s food supply is trans-fat-free and Canadians have access to thousands of reformulated products. In fact, according to Health Canada’s own monitoring program, 80 per cent of the pre-packaged foods have reached the voluntary target reduction goals.”
Although this may be the case, in Canada trans fats can still be found in the following foods: frozen entrees, coffee creamers, microwave popcorn, baked goods, crackers, frozen dough, vegetable shortenings and margarines.
It should also be understood that the removal of trans fats in Canada by the food industry is voluntary only.
In my opinion, the food lobby has placed pressure upon Health Canada to prevent the contemplated limitation upon the use of trans fats in our foods.
I also applaud the efforts in the US by regulatory officials to completely phase-out the use of these toxic fats in their food supply!
It’s a shame that here in Canada, even after Health Canada’s own scientists have developed recommendations for trans fat use, important health policy is being stymied by the food lobby!
My advice to you is this.
If you would like to age well without having to experience chronic disease(s) in your golden years.
Avoid trans fat completely!
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project