It's that time of year: little candy bars everywhere.
Have you ever read the ingredients list on a candy bar?
The main ingredient of concern (among many) is hydrogenated vegetable oil.
It’s oil that’s been treated with hydrogen, if you can believe it.
They do it to make items less breakable when they're shipped.
The problem is our body can't breakdown and digest hydrogenated oil so it sticks to our arteries collecting dust until there’s enough to block the artery all together.
The only way to remove it is surgically! That is if it doesn’t cause a heart attack first.
Highly recommended: avoid hydrogenated oil.
Hydrogenated oil is also known as “trans fats”.
It’s common to see food items marked “zero trans fats”.
Unfortunately this cannot be trusted.
I was surprised to read “hydrogenated oil” on an ingredient list on a product that was labelled “zero trans fats”.
“How strange”, I thought, so I called Health Canada to get to the bottom of it.
Turns out Health Canada allows companies to label an item “zero trans fats” when it's under certain amount of hydrogenated oil.
Can you believe it!?
I urge you to always read the ingredient list even if it says “zero trans fats”.
Also be aware that this oil is sometimes listed as “modified oil”.
I hope this is motivation enough to keep you from eating to many “treats”!
If you really want a treat, get something without hydrogenated oil.
Ask yourself if it's really a "treat" if it's packed with artificial flavours and hydrogenated oil.
What are the ingredients in that tasty morsel?
Is it actually tasty & delicious or am I eating it out of: boredom? something to do? just because it's there?
Is it made with artificial flavour and hydrogenated oil or is it real made with natural ingredients? If you can't pronounce it, it's not natural.
Consider how you will feel after you eat it, crap makes you feel like crap!
Enjoy some real treats
But like everything, in moderation (even moderation)