Real Issue: Trans Fat
So What Is Trans Fat?
Trans Fat is a form of unsaturated fats which comes in two category - Natural & Artificial.
With no health benefits, trans fat is known to be associated with heart diseases, risk of stroke, raise of cholesterol level, and type 2 diabetes. Though evidence is limited, natural trans fats appear less harmful than artificial ones.
Artificial trans fats comes from partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) where hydrogen is added to vegetable oils. Products that are likely to contain artificial trans fat include pre-pack food, cakes, pastries, chocolate spread and more.
Manufacturer tends to use artificial trans fats and PHOs as it helps to increase the shelf life of products at a lower cost. This was first introduced in the early 20th century as a replacement for butter & lard.
#DidYouKnow food label that has 0.5 gram of trans fat will be allowed to label as trans fat free?
Instead of using PHOs, it is recommended to use
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid:
Safflower Oil, Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Oil from Fatty Fish, Walnut & Seed Oil
Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acid:
Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Avocado and Nuts