The Top Foods That Are increasing your cholesterol —
There was no way of putting a positive spin on this blog. And, the post was rewritten and edited I don’t know how many times.
I guess the most important thing is to be aware of food labels, and words like partially hydrogenated, and oils/fats like palm fats.
Deciding to investigate further when writing this, I walk around and looked at biscuits in a shop, and they all had palm oil/fats. They don’t mention whether they are partially hydrogenated or not. Regardless of that, palm oils/fats are heavily saturated fats, so they can increase your cholesterol.
Fast & convenience foods
We all know certain foods are just bad for us, like fast foods and biscuits etc ?
One of the reasons is TRANS FATS.
Trans fast are bad for our health and they have no known nutritional value in the body.
They raise our total cholesterol as well as our bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce our good cholesterol (HDL). A high daily consumption(just over 2%) leading to a higher risk increase of heart attacks, strokes and death.
And its easy for anyone to just say – avoid them.
But the problem, is that they are very difficult to find in and see in foods and on food labels.
A diet containing 2% or more Trans fats per day increases your risk of heart disease by up to 32%. SOURCE
The WHO on its website, claims
“Partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) are the main source of industrially-produced trans fat. PHO is an ingredient in many foods, including margarine, vegetable shortening, and Vanaspati ghee; fried foods and doughnuts; baked goods such as crackers, biscuits, and pies; and pre-mixed products such as pancake and hot chocolate mix. Baked and fried street and restaurant foods often contain industrially-produced trans fat. All of these products can be made without industrially-produced trans fat.”
Artificial or industrial trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated fats.
To make trans fats, vegetable oils are altered to keep them solid at room temperature. WHY?
Within the food manufacturing industry, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils provide a long shelf life for certain products. HOW? They provide stability during deep frying, and as they are semisolid, they can be customised to enhance the palatability of baked goods and sweets.
Some TRANS FATS FACTS
- Industrially produced trans fats increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, death from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as coronary heart disease and death from same. READ
- Reducing/eliminating trans fats in foods would results in 1000s of less deaths per year, AND would reduce health inequalities.How ? Certain communities rely on cheaper foods. READ
- Trans fats cause this increase in cardiovascular disease by raising cholesterol, and inflammation. READ
In some counties in the state of NewYork, they found there was a 6% decrease in admissions to hospitals with heart attacks and strokes 3 years after restricting thee use of trans fats. READ
Trans Fats are found in
- fried pies
- pizza dough
- pre-packaged biscuits, cakes and wafers
- Microwave popcorn
- frozen pizza
Soups and Stock
These contain palm fats. Palm fats raise total cholesterol levels and bad cholesterol levels as they contain very high amounts of saturated fats. It is unclear if these have been modified to ‘partially hydrogenated’ etc, but having palm fats /oils in foods is a definite contributor to increasing cholesterol. READ
High up on the list of ingredients too, 3rd in both cases.
- “It is not mandatory for the presence of trans-fats in food products to be mentioned on the label…”
- Food labelling is confusing at times, and they do not highlight the issue and so it can be confusing to consumers. READ
What you will see most likely see, if anything at all, is:
- Hydrogenated vegetable oil
- Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
The risk of dying from heart disease is 20%-32% higher when consuming 2% of the daily energy intake from trans fats than from any other nutrient.
What is being done about it ?
Within the EU:
There will be limit on iTFA content of 2% of fat for products sold direct to consumers and a ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) brought into the EU as of April this year.
Popular products in which iTFAs can be found are categories of bakery products (e.g. biscuits and pastries), vegetable fats (e.g. margarines and spreads), confectionery (e.g. fillings and creams) and certain fried foods (e.g. potato crisps).