5 Foods That Should Be Illegal?! (please don't eat these)
And, frankly, it really disgusts me when I read about teas, foods, and even children’s’ formulas that are full of toxic ingredients, chemicals, and GMO’s.
But every once in a while you can find a silver lining in the war against toxic foods…
Case in point:
Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) stated that partially hydrogenated oil, or “trans fats”, may be banned from use in food items – or at least strictly regulated.
This means that the FDA has finally admitted that trans-fats are toxic… and if they continue to act like they’re ‘safe’, people will continue to get very sick…
Why Are Trans-Fats Bad For You?
What are trans-fats, and why are they so bad for you?
When liquid oils are hydrogenated, they turn into solid fats.
While this increases the shelf-life of food, it is also linked to blocking veins and arteries because they don’t easily EXPIRE from your body!
In order to really fight coronary heart disease – the FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg suggested lowering the average consumption of trans-fats.
Dr. Hamburg sees this lowering of trans-fat consumption as the direct blueprint to preventing at least 20,000 MORE heart attacks and 7,000 NEW cases of heart disease each year.
How Are Food Manufacturers Eliminating Trans-Fats?
Food manufacturers, in light of this development, are removing trans-fats from many common household foods.
Here are the TOP 5 trans-fat offenders as reported by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
CSPI successfully campaigned for trans-fats to be labeled on Nutrition Labels in 2006, a move that increased public awareness – and the overall freedom to choose NOT to consume these terrible toxins.
1. Fast Food
It has been reported that Burger King’s Whopper and Long John Silver’s breaded Clam Strips can possess between 1 and 7 grams of artificial trans-fats per serving.
Long John Silver has stated that they intend to boot the trans-fats out to sea.
But Burger King is stating that the trans-fats found in their foods may derive from the meat and dairy that they use to create the food.
Whatever Burger King claims – there is nothing natural about artificial trans-fats.
2. Microwave Popcorn
This is a hard one for me – I LOVE microwave popcorn and used to eat it almost daily when I was in college (… and for about ten years beyond…)
The CSPI comes to the consumer’s rescue again – reporting that Jolly Time Blast-o-Butter and Pop Secret Premium Butter Popcorn may have up to 5 grams of trans-fats per serving.
To satisfy your salty cravings – try getting an air-popper or even using some oil and popping corn on the stove.
It’s easier and SO much tastier than bagged popcorn! Not to mention heart-healthier!
3. Frozen Desserts
As you can imagine – frozen desserts were LOADED with trans-fats.
Thanks to consumer advocates lobbying, and the FDA cracking down on trans-fats, this isn’t quite the case anymore.
However there are still a few naughty lingering sweets out there.
In fact, one slice of Sara Lee’s Classic NY Style Cheesecake can still contain 3 grams of trans-fats.
Remember: always read your labels!
4. Baking Mixes
I’ve never been a baker, and for a quick, last-minute birthday treat I used to be notorious for finding the Pillsbury Funfetti boxes and passing them off as treats to my family.
Not any more!
Now we find that Keebler’s Ready Crust Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust contains 2 full grams of trans-fats per serving.
Betty Crocker’s Pie Crust Mix also contains about 2.5 grams of trans fats.
Don’t forget the frosting! Pillsbury’s Creamy Supreme Chocolate Fudge frosting can have up to 1.5 grams of trans-fats too.
So when you’re looking for a frosty, sweet treat – read your label! (And use fresh, non-artificial ingredients!)
You probably know not to consume margarine by now.
Did you know that trans-fats are still quite common in margarine?
To think that margarine actually used to be considered a healthy alternative to butter!
Walmart’s Great Value Stick margarine packs in 3 grams of trans-fats per serving.
The Good News For You
The FDA’s potential ban on trans-fats is really great news!
When I read information like this – it makes me smile and thank the universe for people like YOU – people who care about their bodies and the health of their friends and family.
People who drink 100% natural Oolong Tea – without the chemicals, preservatives, and even GMO’s that are found in grocery store teas.
People who pay the extra $.40 cents per bag of tea to ignite their metabolisms on fire… not to mention fight high cholesterol and diabetes.
Our mega-powerful Oolong also benefits hair, skin, teeth, and bones…
So on behalf of future generations, I want to THANK YOU for your wise decision to drink 100% natural Oolong Slimming Tea.
By making wise choices with our dollars, we can FIGHT toxic foods for future generations.