Clean Out the Cupboard!

October 28, 2016



Hydrogenated Oils/Trans Fats, High Fructose Corn Syrup and MSG


Hydrogenated oils are made from a process called Hydrogenation, in which a liquid unsaturated fat is turned into a solid fat by adding hydrogen.So why should we avoid Hydrogenated Oils/Trans Fats?  Well, research suggests they raise the levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and reduce levels of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).  


Trans fats have also been shown to decrease the body’s ability to produce natural anti- inflammatory prostaglandins.   Hydrogenated Oils will show up on a nutrition label as Trans Fats in margarine, vegetable shortening, packaged snacks, baked goods, ready-to-use dough, fried foods, and coffee creamers. It is also important to not only check the nutrition label for Trans fats, but also look on the ingredients list for a Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenate oil, because food products are allowed to list Trans Fats at 0 grams even if they contain up to 0.5 grams of Trans Fats. 


High Fructose Corn Syrup is an industrial food product and far from natural. Corn sugars are extracted through a chemical enzymatic process to make HFCS. As part of the chemical process used to make HFCS, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. Over consumption of HFCS leads to spikes in blood sugar resulting in Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes as well as Liver Disease. 


MSG- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," but its use remains controversial. Common known side-effects of MSG are headache, nausea, flushing, sweating, and rapid, fluttering



Purging the cupboard can be overwhelming!  You can go for it, and get rid of all foods containing these 3 ingredients!  Or use up what you have, then take the time to read labels when shopping, and don't purchase foods with these ingredients again.  If you don't have time while shopping to read labels, you can be assured that NO ITEMS in our store contain any Hydrogenated Oils, HFCS, or MSG!   


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