Summer Detox Challenge: nix this ingredient

Last Monday we started the Summer Detoxing Challenge. No, this isn’t a new juice cleanse or about skipping your favorite summer delights. Instead, we’re focusing on eliminating toxic ingredients for a healthier lifestyle.

As opposed to going on a diet, which you’ll eventually go off said diet, we’re focusing on lifetime well-being.

Granted, whether it’s organic or not, junk food is still junk food. But it’s simply unrealistic (and why wouldn’t you want to!) to never have cookies, or chips, or a sweet treat. But, we can still make an effort to select brands that are focused on providing a quality product without toxic ingredients.

*This isn’t a diet (I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv). This is simply a challenge to choose simpler and try a less-processed lifestyle.

Week #2 ingredient of concern… Hydrogenated Oils/Partially Hydrogenated Oils/Trans Fats.

What is it? Hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to lengthen “spoil time” adding a longer shelf life to processed foods.

What’s the big deal? Trans fats not only raise our LDL (“bad” cholesterol), they also lower our HDL (“healthy” cholesterol). Additionally, they greatly increase your risk of heart disease.

Be careful, though. As long as a product contains less than 1g of trans fats, manufacturers can label the package “trans fat-free.” That doesn’t mean that you won’t find hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils listed in the ingredients.  If you see “hydrogenated or partially hydrogentated oils” in the ingredients, the product has some amount of trans fats.

According to the American Heart Association, you should consume no more than 2g of trans fats per day.

Even “no trans fats” partial grams can add up quickly. do you find it? Crackers, cookies, pastries, cakes, cake/brownie mixes, ice cream, shortening/margarine, frozen pizza, non-dairy creamer, most fried foods, ready to use frosting, flour tortillas.

Worried that your kids won’t be interested in different brands? Check out these 5 tips for helping kids make healthier food choices.

Ingredient list photo credit.
Partially hydrogenated foods photo credit.


2 responses to “Summer Detox Challenge: nix this ingredient

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