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What is hydrogenated oil?
Hydrogenated oils are created by forcing hydrogen into oil under high pressure and heat using a metal catalyst.  This chemically alters the structure of the oil so it will solidify at room temperature and effectively lengthens its shelf life.  The altered oil now acts as a preservative.   This is profitable for food manufacturers because food can sit on the grocer’s shelves for longer periods without spoiling.  As much as 40% of all the food found at your local grocery store contains hydrogenated oil.  You’ll find it in crackers, chips, bread, coffee creamer, non-dairy whipped topping, candies, frozen meals, peanut butter, popcorn, nuts, breakfast cereal, soups, salad dressing, and almost every prepared food you can imagine.  It is a common ingredient in most restaurant foods.

Why should you care?  Lose a lot of weight and heal some serious damage to your health.
Natural, unaltered oils contain essential fatty acids (EFAs).  Your body must have EFAs for nearly every metabolic function.  They cannot be produced by your body and must be obtained from your diet.  The process of hydrogenating oils destroys the natural EFA levels in the oil.  When your body needs nutrients it sends hunger signals until it receives what it needs.  Because the EFA levels are so low in hydrogenated oil, you’ll be eating a lot of it before you are satiated and you’ll be gaining a lot of weight.  Worse yet, the hydrogenated oil inhibits your body’s ability to burn fat normally.  Give up hydrogenated and you are guaranteed to lose weight, and depending on how much hydrogenated oil you now consume, you may lose a lot of weight.

Weight loss is not all you stand to gain.  A multitude of studies have demonstrated serious negative health consequences of hydrogenated oils including;

          Increases insulin levels increasing the risk of diabetes

          Lowers HDL while raising LDL

          Lowers testosterone levels

          Lowers immune response

          Increases your chance  of breast cancer

          Inhibits enzyme function

          Can cause an increase in allergies and asthma

See http://www.dldewey.com/hydroil.htm for  additional information.

Your government is NOT safeguarding your health.
You may be thinking this food would not be on supermarket shelves if it were unsafe, but you’d be wrong.  The food manufacturers have a very powerful and well financed lobby.  Because of growing public awareness, many consumers are avoiding products with trans-fat, a hydrogenated oil.  Fearing reduced sales the food manufacturers have even successfully lobbied the FDA to avoid truthfully reporting its content on some food labels.  The FDA is allowing them to label their products trans-fat free if the product has no more than a half gram of trans-fat (hydrogenated oil) per serving. 

 How to quit.
You must start reading food labels.  Avoid foods with the words hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, fully hydrogenated, shortening, shortened fats, or trans fats.  More food brands are becoming available without this toxic oil, but you’ll have to read labels carefully.  Look for cold-pressed and expeller pressed oils which are created mechanically rather than chemically.  You should always choose organic and non-GMO (more on this in a future post).  For cooking, olive oil and coconut oil are two of our favorites but make sure they have not been hydrogenated or altered.

A personal note.
When I gave up hydrogenated oil I lost a lot of weight, but the truly amazing thing was my psoriasis disappeared.  I don’t mean it got better.  I mean it completely healed.  I had psoriasis for 35 years and over the years had tried many conventional treatments; coal tar, uv radiation, cortisone injections, and hydrocortisone cream.  More than once I suffered serious infections of my lymph glands.  My doctor assured me it couldn’t be cured, only controlled.  He was wrong. 

Never underestimate the power of your body to heal.

Written by Peter Wright

Peter Wright, NTP, CGP

Peter Wright, NTP, CGP

I’m on a mission to help you prevent and reverse chronic illness by utilizing nutrition to restore your body’s natural balance.

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  1. Anonymous November 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    This is easier to say then do — quitting hydrogenated oils is like quitting the whole supermarket. Thanks for the tips, it makes me hopeful that I too can cut this oil out for good!

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