Get the Trans Fat Out of the Bread!

Tasty and yummy baked goodies line the shelf. Freshly baked or otherwise, they make your mouth water. You reach for a pack. You can almost taste the yumminess. But wait! Most of the baked products that are sold in the market contains milk, eggs, cream, leavening and tras fat (lard, butter and margarine). These ingredients make baked products taste yummy and delicious.

But the yummy taste brings with it serious health risks. That's what Science found out. Trans fat is dangerous because it raises blood levels of LDL or "bad cholesterol" and lowers levels of HDL or "good cholesterol".

How bad is that? One of the best studies that examined, among other things, links between diet and health is the Nurses Health Study. The study revealed that women who eat twice the average amount of Trans fat (about 5 grams or 1 teaspoon of trans fat per day) developed 62 percent more heart disease than the average.

Other studies have provided preliminary evidences that trans fat causes general inflammation in the body that are always linked with heart diseases, diabetes, cancer and stroke. To prevent and treat many of our lifestyle diseases, trans fat must be eliminated from our diet.

What is Trans fat?

Our bodies need fat for energy, growth and development. Our body fat helps transport fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K throughout the body. Good dietary fats occur naturally in foods. Seeds, beans and nuts have good amounts of fat. But trans fat is different from fat per se. Trans fat occurs naturally in dairy products and meat.

Most trans fat, however, are man-made. Trans fat is created when vegetable oil is put through a process called hydrogenation. The hydrogen gas is bubbled through liquid vegetable oil, causing a change in the chemical transfiguration of the oil and making it thicker in consistency.

Tran fatty acids are found in many commercially fried foods, packaged snacks, as well as in vegetable shortening and hard stick margarine. Sad to say, Trans fat makes baked products tastier, crust flakier, and biscuits' shelf lives longer.

In spite of the reality of Trans fat causing us health problems, many still choose to eat bread with Trans fat because it tastes good.