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5 Foods That Will Never Be the Same When Trans Fats Are Phased Out

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We’re not in favor of trans fats, but just be ready for a change

Most shelf-stable cookies contain partially hydrogenated oils.

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that they’ve decided to no longer classify trans fats in their “generally recognized as safe” category, requiring food companies to phase them out over the next three years because they’ve been officially recognized as a threat to public health. But what exactly are trans fats, anyway, and which foods will be the most affected by their loss?

5 Foods That Will Never Be the Same When Trans Fats Are Phased Out (Slideshow)

To describe exactly how trans fats are formed and work in the human body would be far more complicated than what we’re capable of explaining, but here’s a brief overview: When hydrogen is added to vegetable oil in order to make it solid (a process called partial hydrogenation), trans fats form. For example, margarine was originally made by turning vegetable oil into a solid, so it was loaded with trans fats. Any time you see partially hydrogenated oil (usually soybean) on an ingredient list, that indicates the presence of trans fats.

Since 2006, the FDA has required all nutrition labels to disclose the presence of trans fats, but these don’t give the whole picture. Companies are only required to list trans fat if there’s more than half a gram, so the only real way to know if a food product contains trans fat is to look at the ingredient list and see if it contains any partially hydrogenated oils.

Partially hydrogenated oil increases shelf life and decreases refrigeration requirements, and it’s much less expensive than butter or lard, which is also used in baking to suspend solids in fat at room temperature. There are lots of reason why trans fats are used in the processed food industry, but just one reason why they shouldn’t be used: they can kill you. Read on for five foods that will never be exactly the same once trans fats are banned.

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I was fed up with the two advertisements for the 5 FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT – you know, the one with the moving banana, the one with a triangle, and now there’s one with 4 balls. Well my question is: have you ever clicked on the ads? If you haven’t, then don’t waste your time with it. I did today and listened to about 2 minutes of a video and then just had to turn it off. The woman was giving me a rash, plus the video had no indication as to how long it was. So I did some research and came up with the following information.

First of all, don’t waste your time listening to it. From what I’ve read, after listening/watching A 30 MINUTES VIDEO, it doesn’t even tell you the 𔄝 foods you shouldn’t eat”. But then it does go into great detail on why you shouldn’t eat certain foods, and then it’s up to you to figure out which ones. And lo and behold, at the end of the video they do try to sell you on the ladies diet. Ya think?

Some responders to this question came up with their own foods that you shouldn’t eat: Potato Chips, Sodas/Soft Drinks, Sugar/High Fructose Corn Syrup, White Bread, Transfats, Unhealthy Fast Foods, and then Frozen Diet Meals that are high in sodium and fat. (there’s a brief description below for a couple of these items).

So what more can I say on this subject. Do you really need some dancing pictures with a chipper young girl and her perfect body, NOT telling you what’s good for you, and NOT telling you what’s bad? And then she tops it off by trying to sell you a chick diet? I think not. If your serious about eating healthier, just check out some of the posts in this blog. There are many topics that highlight which foods are healthy, which ones are the most nutritious, and which ones can be the most dangerous to your good health. Put together your own diet plan with the information you’ve obtained, and then your good to go. And if your a constant “diet tryer” like me, then you probably already know results will not happen overnight. But if you start putting healthy, nutritious foods into your system, you will definitely notice a change in how you look and feel. That I can guarantee.

Here’s one of the postings I found and their list of 5 FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR YOU. (I just wish I could find the link so I can give proper credit).

1. Unhealthy Fast Food. The first of the 5 foods to never eat Fast hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, fried fish, pancakes, waffles and so on. All these foods are good for is making you fatter, increasing your bad cholesterol and putting you at risk of having a heart attack. These foods are just not good for you in any way. So put as much distance between you and them as possible. Let’s take hamburgers as an example. They make hamburgers with the scrap and bits they can’t put in other meats, so what you’re getting is the fat, gristle, bone, and chopped up pieces of the nose, mouth, anus and internal organs that they can’t sell any other way. If you saw hamburger meat being made you would be sick to your stomach for a week and probably never touch a hamburger again. All of these scraps and bits add up to a host of Trans Fats that have no nutritional value except to clog your arteries and stop you heart. So stay away from them altogether. Let’s just take one more example, hotdogs. Hotdogs are full of sodium nitrite and some research has linked sodium nitrite to lung cancer and heart disease. Definitely put these foods in your 5 foods to never eat category.

2. Run from potato chips and French fries, the second on our list of the 5 foods to never eat. They are deep fried in oil. When this happens they become saturated with the frying oil and then are full of grease that you are then putting in your body. This grease contains cholesterol and fat which if consumed in enough quantities can give you a heart attack. Even if you escape the heart attack fries and chips can cause, there’s still other things to think about like stroke and obesity. If you have to have some fries or chips don’t go to a fast food joint, go home and make them yourself, baking them in your oven. Stay away from this entry on our 5 foods to never eat list.

3. White bread is another one of the 5 foods to never eat. White bread is bleached and enriched and when you eat it the body turns it into sugar. After the body turns the white bread into sugar it then tries to counter balance the sugar so it produces insulin to fix the problem. All of this works to slow down your metabolism to the point of making it become sluggish. A sluggish metabolism then causes fat to be stored and you to gain weight. Imagine eating a sandwich with deli meat between two slices of white bread. That’s the same as taking your meat and putting it between two big cupcakes and then eating it. The sluggish metabolism and the imbalance of you blood sugar caused by eating white bread can lead to you feeling tired and lethargic, which some others may mistake for laziness if you eat white bread daily and have these physical effects happen on a constant basis. Eating white bread over a long period of time can also lead to type II diabetes and of course severe weight gain.

4. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is another substance on our list of 5 foods to never eat and something you must avoid at all cost. Read your labels before eating any foods because HFCS is in so many of them. For instance a regular can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup. That’s like eating 10 teaspoons of table sugar at one time. HFCS is in many things from ketchup to cereal to salad dressing to crackers etc. Many researchers blame high fructose corn syrup for playing a major role in the high obesity rates we are seeing in our society. If you knew that a food you were thinking about purchasing and eating had “toxic nuclear waste” in it, would you eat it? Well, you should stay away from foods with HFCS in them the same way. Another No, No, from the 5 foods to never eat list.

5. Finally from our list of 5 foods to never eat, stay away from frozen diet meals that are high in sodium and fat. The nutritional value of many of these meals is also very low to nonexistent. Make sure you look at the ingredients on the package and ensure there is real food in the meal. Also make sure that the frozen diet meal is not over 500 calories total and that the meal does not have more than 750 mg of sodium. A frozen diet meal should have at least three grams of fiber so you will feel full after eating it. And finally don’t eat any frozen diet meal that has more than 15g of fat in it. Well, if you stick to not eating the foods on our list of 5 foods to never eat you’ll be a lot healthier and might even shed pounds a lot faster than you expect.


  • PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL CELLS FROM THEIR SURROUNDINGS: This is important for keeping bad things out of the cell and allowing good things to enter into the cells.
  • CELLULAR SIGNALING AND COMMUNICATION: The cell membranes not only transmit nerve-like messages via the fact that they are electrically charged (see below), the fluidity and mobility of the membrane has the ability to conduct / transmit messages. This should remind you of one of the properties of FASCIA.
  • IT IS AN ANCHOR SYSTEM FOR ALL SORTS OF STRUCTURES BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CELL: This sort of goes hand in hand with the next bullet point. Cell Membranes provide cohesion so that groups of similar cells can group together into functional units, tissues, and even organs.
  • CELL MEMBRANES HELP GIVE INDIVIDUAL CELLS AND TISSUES THEIR UNIQUE SHAPE: Without Cell Membranes, each cell would effectively function like an amoeba. Some people I know would barely notice this. Trans Fats stiffen Cell Membranes and leave them less flexible and fluid. Although this sounds harmless enough, it is the basis of the disease process we will look at momentarily.

Cell Membranes are said to be “Selectively Permeable”. In English, this means that the cells choose what they allow to enter into them or go out of them, in relationship to what their individual needs are. There are several methods of transporting things across the Cell Membrane. We will explore some of these related to disease processes when we specifically deal with the Cell Membrane in just a moment.

  • THE CELL MEMBRANES HAVE CHANNELS MADE OF PROTEIN THAT ALLOW FOOD TO BE TRANSPORTED INTO THE CELL: The opposite is true as well. The cells expend energy to pump certain substances back and forth across the cell membrane. This also occurs in a different manner via processes of known as endocytosis (moving things into the cell) and exocytosis (moving things out of the cell) respectively. Instead of substances being pumped through channels, they are engulfed like something from the movie, “The Blob”. Then the whole thing is moved across the cell membrane and the contents “spit out” where they need to be.

Consuming Trans Fats in the form of Partially Hydrogenated Oils is a veritable death sentence. Oh, don’t get me wrong —- it’s not like they will kill you as soon a s they hit your mouth . Instead, they’ll do in a slower and more subtle fashion. It is now known that consuming these man made fats dramatically changes both the structure and the function of the Cell Membranes. This means that man made Trans Fats can kill you in a slow, painful manner (Diabetes) — or all at once (Heart Attack). Follow along as I show you some things that just might save your life, while giving you a better quality of living in the process.

As you saw in the pictures above, Cell Membranes are composed of two layers of phospholipids that are positioned opposite each other. Their attracted-to-water (hydrophillic) tails face each other so that the water-repelling (hydrophobic) heads create a barrier-like outside edge of the cell. This allows the cell to block substances from entering the cell —– unless the cell decides it needs to let them in. When it all works like it should, life is peachy. When it does not, health can go south in a hurry.

Trans Fats create what some experts refer to as “Stupid Cell Membranes”. Allow me to explain. As more and more Trans Fats are incorporated into Cell Membranes, they lose both their flexibility and ability transmit and receive messages. After this, they begin to fail at being “Selectively Permeable”. On one hand, they start letting things into the cells that should not be there, while preventing things from coming in that should be in the cell. On the other hand, they keep things inside the cell that should be let out (i.e. metabolic waste products) and let things out that should stay in.

One of the chief ways that this happens is that the specific fats and oils that make up the “lipid bilayer” (Cell Membrane) must be able to respond to their environment, and respond quickly — almost instantaneously. One of the reasons your body can metabolically react like it does to things like hormones, neurotransmitters, inflammatory mediators, nutritional compounds, drugs, etc, is because of the fluidity of the Cell Membranes. Take away that fluidity and the body reacts in completely different ways. As you might imagine, the less flexible your Cell Membranes become, the more prone to diseases you are.

5 Foods You Should Never Buy Organic

Your goal may be healthy meals, but buying everything organic can quickly amount to a small fortune. That's why it's important to know exactly which organic foods deserve your dollars, and which ones are better left on the shelf, says consumer advocate Lisa Lee Freeman, savings expert at Flipp, a free app that gives shoppers access to coupons, weekly flyers, and their shopping lists all in one place.

For example, Freeman believes dairy, meat, and poultry are best bought organic. "Put those items on your list in Flipp and find the store that has deals on organic meat and milk. It's a good way to choose where to shop in your area from week to week and doing so will save you a lot of money." (Pro tip: Scan your loyalty cards into the app and when you tap on digital coupons they'll be loaded directly onto those cards.) Keep scrolling for the five food categories where organic doesn't always mean better, plus the one product Freeman says is worth the organic price hike.

There are no USDA standards regulating what it means for fresh fish and shellfish to be organic, so if you're seeing seafood labeled as organic, it was farmed, not caught, Freeman explains. "Your better bet is to buy wild," she says. Wild-caught fish is healthier because "it's never treated with antibiotics, it's naturally high in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, and it's sustainable and environmentally friendly."

While the "Dirty Dozen"&mdashproduce with the highest levels of pesticide residue&mdashchanges year over year depending on factors like weather conditions and types of chemicals used, there are certain veggies that consistently remain off the list, says Freeman. Asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, eggplant, and onions do not retain pesticide residue at the same level as other vegetables. (This year, sweet corn tops the list of the Clean Fifteen.)

Freeman always opts for organic strawberries (they're the "dirtiest" of the dozen this year) but when it comes to fruit like avocados, grapefruit, mangoes, melons, papayas, and pineapples, you don't need to be as picky. These thick-skinned treats tend to be lower in pesticides anyway, but when you peel or cut off the skin you eliminate the riskiest parts, she says. This includes bananas, though Freeman points out the price difference between organic and non-organic versions isn't usually that great. "But again, there's no reason to buy organic [bananas] if you're having to make choices to maintain a budget," says Freeman.

While USDA organic standards rule out artificial colors and flavors and high-fructose corn syrup, Freeman recommends saving a couple of bucks by checking for those ingredients yourself in conventional junk food. "People think it's more virtuous if you buy organic cookies and chips, but the fact is, it's still a lot of fat and sugar. It's a treat. Focus on the ingredients instead and you can make healthier choices based on nutrition. "

Even when certified organic, processed foods simply aren't as nutritious their fresh, whole, organic counterparts. "You're better off spending your money on organic milk, meat, poultry, cheese, rather than packaged items," says Freeman. Again she recommends reading nutrition labels to find more cost-effective alternatives. Look for foods made with whole grains that are high in fiber and low in calories and sugar. Avoid trans fats, additives, preservatives, and added sugars.

"If I were to only pick one thing to always buy organic, without qualms it would be organic grass-fed meat," says Freeman. Studies have shown it's more nutritious than conventionally raised meat and the organic seal means the animal wasn't treated with antibiotics or growth hormones, nor did it eat synthetic feed grown with pesticides. "Grass-fed organic beef is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants&mdashit's more expensive but it's worth the splurge," says Freeman.

Almond butter is the perfect food to pair with an apple, pear, or piece of Ezekiel bread.

It’s high in protein, fiber, and calcium and a little bit will go a long way like peanut butter you don’t need a lot to feel full.

It has been proven in case studies to be one of the most powerful thermogenic foods since it may help raise your metabolic rate to increase fat burning benefits overall.

Almonds in general have been found to promote extra calorie-burning helping you control your appetite.

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Crisco has come a long way in terms of trans fat&mdashso far, in fact, that according to the label, the popular shortening now contains 0 grams. But a closer look at the ingredients list shows that partially hydrogenated oils are still there.

Companies are allowed to round down and put "0 grams" on the nutrition label if their product has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. But if you do a lot of baking&mdashor a lot of eating once the cookies come out of the oven&mdashthose trace amounts can add up to unhealthy levels.

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10 Food Additives To Never Ever Eat

Get this: Many of the additives in packaged snacks and meals haven't actually been tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they're on the "generally recognized as safe," or GRAS, list. Per the FDA's GRAS Notification Program, substances that are "generally recognized, among experts qualified by scientific training and experience, to be safe under the conditions of their intended use" do not require FDA testing and approval. This system makes sense for benign additives like basil and black pepper, but it leaves room for enormous loopholes that allow manufacturers to use potentially risky additives without any oversight.

This is just plain dangerous. Some of the most common additives in processed foods have been linked to health issues such as cancer, hyperactivity in children, heart disease, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, obesity, and depression&mdashjust to name a few. These additives can be hard to avoid, but eating clean means you have a diet of whole foods that are naturally additive free. Of course, it's likely you'll pick up a packaged food now and then, so for those instances, here are some common additives with potentially sketchy side effects that you may want to avoid.

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup
A sweetener found in processed foods such as breads, candy, yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, and cereals. This processed version of fructose is toxic to the liver, and too much promotes insulin resistance, a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
A flavor enhancer found in some Chinese food, potato chips, snacks, cookies, seasonings, canned soup, frozen meals, and lunch meats. The additive is a common migraine trigger and goes hand in hand with high amounts of sodium&mdashit's 21% sodium itself.

Trans Fats
Lab-produced fats found in processed foods such as margarine, chips, crackers, baked items, and fast foods, these are used to extend shelf life and improve the texture of foods. They have been strongly linked to heart disease and diabetes. Luckily, the FDA recently ruled that added trans fats will be phased out of most packaged and restaurant foods by 2018.

Food Dyes: Blue #1 and #2, Red #3 and #40, Yellow #5 (Tartrazine) and #6
Artificial colors found in fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, ice cream, candy, baked goods, American cheese, macaroni and cheese, and more. Several of these petroleum-based dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in children and cancer in lab animals.

Caramel Color

Preservatives and flavor enhancers found naturally in wine and beer and added to soft drinks, juice, dried fruit, condiments, and potato products. The FDA estimates that about 10% of the population is sensitive to these sulfur-based compounds, with reactions ranging from mild hay fever&ndashlike symptoms to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Sodium Nitrate

Preservatives found in potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, and Jell-O. These are manufactured from petroleum, and the National Institutes of Health reports that, based on animal studies, BHA is a likely human carcinogen BHT has been linked to cancer to a lesser degree.

Potassium Bromate
A flour-bulking agent found in breads and rolls, bagel chips, wraps, and bread crumbs. An oxidizing agent, it's used to strengthen dough and shorten baking time, but it may cause kidney or nervous system disorders and gastrointestinal discomfort.

7. Include Plenty Of Healthy Fats

Okay, so here’s another point where I may be getting myself into trouble…

Thanks to the nonsense propaganda we’ve been bombarded with for the past half-century, eating more fat is by far the hardest thing for many women to get their heads around when switching to a PCOS friendly diet.

Through the far-reaching interests of the food and agriculture lobby, we’ve all been exposed to the government’s view that a healthy diet is a low-fat diet. Despite government health guidelines appealing to “science” in support of their agenda, the real scientific community has been saying for decades that this is clearly not true.

In 2004, Dr Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, published a critique of the diet-heart hypothesis in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and summed things up nicely. She concluded that, “the low-fat-high-carbohydrate diet…may well have played an unintended role in the current epidemics of obesity, lipid abnormalities, type II diabetes, and metabolic syndromes.” And that, “This diet can no longer be defended by appeal to the authority of prestigious medical organizations or by rejecting clinical experience and a growing medical literature…”

This sentiment is widely shared by many of her equally well-informed contemporaries with nutrition researchers like Adele Hite from the University of North Carolina publishing thorough criticisms of the recommendations made by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Report (Hite et al. 2010 15 Hite 2017 16 ).

Breaking free from the ingrained idea that fat makes us fat is a major milestone towards real results for women wanting to switch to a PCOS diet. For people who’ve been told all their lives that fatty meat and butter are “bad for them” this can prove a cognitive challenge. I still see it daily within my own extended family!

But once we punch through the fear and doubt that’s been brainwashed into us, we can use these foods as a skillful means to achieve our health goals.

When I learned that wholefood sources of fat were good for me, I have to admit, I went a wee bit crazy on the butter and pork belly. I started eating enough saturated fat to give a cardiac surgeon a heart attack but I also monitored my metabolic health markers like fasting glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

To my great surprise, all of them improved a lot!

Eating more fat is the other side of the low carbohydrate coin. Diet intervention studies reliably show that a decrease of dietary carbohydrates along with an increase in fat consumption promotes weight loss, testosterone reduction and improved insulin sensitivity in women with PCOS (Goss et. al 2014 17 Gower et. al 2013 19 ). This is useful beyond just weight loss and the management of insulin resistance though, as these are the kinds of metabolic changes that can help restore ovulation, and reduce the effects of PCOS acne and hirsutism.

And while in Step 6 I talk about the benefits of protein to help satiate hunger, our fullness hormones are also perfectly designed to be triggered by fats. This is exactly why foods like coconuts, olives and avocado are so incredibly filling, making them great for staving off sugar cravings.

Previous participants from my free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge have seen these exact same results. Katrina for example, had gained 50 pounds since the birth of her daughter, was suffering from secondary infertility, and was upset by the fact that she could grow a full beard. Within months of making these dietary changes, which included eating a lot more fat, she’d lost 19 pounds of body fat and her unwanted hair was gone. But best of all, Katrina was able to fall pregnant naturally and had a “wonderful, energetic pregnancy” unlike her first where she suffered from gestational diabetes.

For anyone looking for an inspirational example, then Katrina’s full story is well worth a read.

So, the best diet for PCOS should include lots of fat. You don’t need to worry about eating too much because your fullness hormones will stop you. I even feel comfortable recommending you get 60% of your total caloric intake from fats. This is kind of the natural point you’ll get to anyway if you follow my recommendations for carbs and protein and don’t restrict your calories. You need more fat to make up for the reduction in carbs.

My definition of “healthy fats” is any fats that are sourced from whole foods with minimal prior processing (for a full list of healthy fats make sure to download this PCOS Diet Cheat Sheet). This includes saturated fats which despite what everyone else believes, are actually really good for you. While I know this might sound completely loopy if this is the first time you’ve heard it, belief in the idea that dietary cholesterol has an adverse effect on your health puts you at odds with the growing body of evidence suggesting this outdated theory has run its course. Even as far back as 1991, one of the original proponents of the diet-heart hypothesis, described the effect of dietary cholesterol on blood cholesterol levels as “minimal” (Keys 1991 57 ).

For more information on this topic you can read my 6 reasons to add saturated fat to your PCOS diet here.

All the meal plans in both my free 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge and my free 3-Day PCOS Meal Plan follow this high-fat diet principle.

I especially like to use a lot of coconut oil in my recipes as this healthy fat has been shown to help with fat loss – particularly from around the stomach and thighs (Mumme and Stonehouse 2015 24 ). And I also include plenty of beef and butter since these fats are the richest source of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA).

If you haven’t heard of CLA before, this family of fats is known to:

This is saying nothing for how much better everything tastes with a good serving of butter on top!

Of course, all the usual, more widely-accepted “healthy fats” apply too. Things like nuts, seeds, and avocado feature heavily in all my recipes with oily fish making a regular cameo also.

So, if you want to beat PCOS then eat more fat. You’ll be amazed at how much difference this step will make.

You won’t “get fat” provided you’re following the other 12 steps. And if you have some surplus body fat, then this is one of the easiest ways to lose it.

Inflammatory Foods to Avoid

Foods that trigger inflammation are:

  • Refined sugar (including sugary drinks such as soda and alcohol)
  • Refined grains (more detail on this later)
  • Partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats

Refined sugar, refined grains, (2) and artificial sweeteners (10) are highly inflammatory. Refined sugar can be easy to spot in soda pop, alcohol, and ice cream, but it can also sneak into your diet as refined grains like in pastries, crackers, and bread.

It’s important to note that not all carbs are bad. Truly whole grains, beans, and legumes are very nutritious and anti-inflammatory. (2) Refined grains would be things such as commercial bread, crackers, chips, and bakery items.

Partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats should be avoided as much as possible. Both are in a lot of packaged foods, bakery items, and fried foods. They are high inflammation triggers. (14, 15 )

Omega-6 fats aren’t all bad, but we tend to eat too many of them because they need to be balanced with Omega-3s. (2,10)

Which of these anti-inflammatory foods do you already love? Which ones do you want to learn more about, and ways to add them to your diet? Let me know in the comments!