Transfats Terminated in California

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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WOW!! Arnold has taken a bold stand as Governator of California he has legislated the ban of Transfats in his state of California.

“The legislation signed by Schwarzenegger will take effect Jan. 1, 2010, for oil, shortening and margarine used in spreads or for frying. Restaurants could continue using trans fats to deep-fry yeast dough and in cake batter until Jan. 1, 2011.

Trans fats occur naturally in small amounts in meat and dairy products. Most trans fats are created when vegetable oil is treated with hydrogen to create baked and fried goods with a longer shelf life.

Stephen Joseph, a Tiburon attorney who was a consultant to New York City in developing its ban, said trans fat is a larger health risk than saturated fat because it reduces so-called good cholesterol.

A 2006 review of trans fat studies by the New England Journal of Medicine concluded there was a strong connection between consumption of trans fats and heart disease. Studies also have linked trans fats to diabetes, obesity, infertility in women and some types of cancer.

Trans fats are like cigarettes, with no safe level of consumption, said Jeffrey Luther, a Long Beach doctor who is president of the California Academy of Family Physicians.” Courtesy of Physorg

What about in Australia?? This is what Today Tonight had to say in their special last year:

Trans fats are linked to the death of 25 per cent of our population.

In Australia there is one death every eight minutes from heart disease.

We uncovered foods with the highest trans fats.

Butter has 4.2 per cent natural trans fats with dairy blend full-fat spreads at 3.2 per cent.

Reduced fat blends have 2.3 per cent with a cheese and spinach pastry roll containing 2.2 per cent trans fats.

Puff pastry made with butter contains 2 per cent while camembert and brie cheese contain up to 1.3 per cent.

Popcorn and ice cream have 1.2 per cent, doughnuts 1.1 per cent and regular cooking oils (not including olive oil) contain between 0.5 per cent and 1 per cent.

Trans fats also are prevalent in muffins, cream-filled sweet biscuits, cheese spreads, quiche, sausage rolls, lasagne, milk-powder, potato crisps, fries from fast food outlets, cheesecake and pastries.

Research suggests a diet of just 2 per cent trans fats can increase the risk of having a heart attack by 23 per cent.

Nutritionist, Matt O’Neil, said some products are misleading.

“We’ve eaten natural trans fats for a long time, but it’s only in the last three or four decades that we’ve dramatically increased our consumption of man-made trans fats,” he said.

“That is not good for us, we need to get them out of our food supply.”

Other countries around the world have mandated labelling of trans fats, according to Food Sociologist, Dr Gygory Scrinis, from RMIT’s Globalism Institute.

“I think it is outrageous that Food Standards Australia has decided earlier this year not to label trans fats on foods and nor to regulate the amount of trans fats in foods,” he said.

“The food industry may simply replace trans fats with other highly processed and chemically engineered ingredients.” Today Tonight

We need to let our government know that we want to follow suit and ban all man-made Transfats from Australian diets.

How can you avoid them? Look at your food labels and avoid anything that includes: Partially hydrogenated oil or fats, hydrogenated oils or fats.

Why avoid them? Apart from the proven evidence that they can lead to heart disease, there is also some evidence and ongoing research into their role in contributing to some cancers (particularly bowel and pancreatic), diabetes, Liver dysfunction and infertility.

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