Hydrogenated Oils

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All processed chemicals that are used in foods have seriously detrimental effects on human health and energy levels and have no place in the modern human diet.

let’s take hydrogenated oils and see what this substance really is and why it’s so incredibly bad for you. Hydrogenated oils are oils that are often healthy in their natural state, but are quickly turned into poisons through the manufacturing and processing they undergo. They take these naturally healthy oils such as palm, kernel, soybean, corn oil or coconut oil and they heat it anywhere from five hundred to one thousand degrees under several atmospheres of pressure.

They then inject a catalyst into the oil for several hours. The catalyst is typically a metal such a nickel, platinum or even aluminum. As this bubbles up into the oil the molecular structure changes and increases in density and rearranges it’s molecules so that instead of a liquid at room temperature we now have either semi-solid or solid oil. This creates either partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated oil.

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It has been shown that such oils contributes to high cholesterol because it actually scars the internal walls of the arteries. This is due to the nickel that is often used in the hydrogenation process.

How Trans Fats Harm the Body:

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Trans fats work against the body in many ways. They increase bad cholesterol –low-density lipoprotein, or LDL — and decrease good cholesterol — high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. Furthermore, they block the production of chemicals that combat inflammation and benefit the hormonal and nervous systems, while at the same time allowing chemicals that increase inflammation. This means that trans fats promote inflammation and negatively impact cholesterol levels.

Eating partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is risky for your heart health and may be worse than consuming saturated fats or fully hydrogenated oils. You’ll find these harmful oils in many processed foods, such as crackers and cookies. Eating a lot of partially hydrogenated oil will raise the bad cholesterol that clogs your arteries and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. It’s best to minimize your intake of partially hydrogenated oil to protect your heart and improve your overall health.

Cholesterol

Partially hydrogenated oils contain trans fats, which are particularly bad for your heart health. Trans fat increases the “bad” low density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL, and decreases the “good” high density lipoprotein cholesterol, or HDL. High HDL levels tend to have cardioprotective effects, whereas high LDL levels are an increased risk factor for heart disease. Trans fat seems to be as detrimental to heart health as saturated fat, which may be because trans fat is difficult to digest so your body processes it as saturated fat.

Inflammation

In addition to raising your LDL cholesterol, trans fat may produce inflammation in your body, making you more prone to develop diseases. A study published in “The Journal of Lipid Research” in October 2011 looked at overweight but healthy postmenopausal women taking partially hydrogenated oil. At the end of the 16-week trial, women consuming the partially hydrogenated oil had higher levels of inflammation in their bodies than women consuming regular vegetable oil. An inflammatory marker called tumor necrosis factor increased the most from consuming trans fat.

Problems

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  • Directly promotes heart disease

  • Promotes cancers: breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer

  • Results in low birth weight infants

  • Raises LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowers HDL (good) cholesterol

  • Raises blood sugar levels and promotes weight gain

  • Interferes with the absorption of essential fatty acids and DHA

  • Impairs brain function and damages brain cells

  • Promotes cystic fibrosis

  • Causes dandruff and acne

  • Lowers essential fatty acids in the breast milk of nursing mothers

  • Clogs artery walls and promotes atherosclerosis

  • Cause gum disease and rotted teeth

  • Lowers tissue oxygen intake

  • Causes infertility

  • Directly damages blood vessels

  • Causes high blood pressure

  • Weakens cell walls and compromises cellular structure

Written By : Israr Choudhary