A colleague of mine had a large blueberry muffin sitting on his shelf and it looked like it had just recently been purchased. Well, actually it had been sitting on his shelf for over ONE YEAR.
How can this happen?
Is this some toy food made of plastic?
Toy food – no. Plastic, well sort-of.
The simple answer is hydrogenation.
- The process of creating hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils.
- Reason why some food manufacturers use it. Duh!
- The serious health ramifications associated with consuming processed products that contain these preserving oils.
This information is not new so why are processed food manufacturers still using it? People are still buying the darn products!
How to stay away from these damaging oils?
Read the nutritional label on processed food items you plan to purchase! It is as simple as this. The five seconds it takes to scan the ingredient list is well worth your time. If you pick up an item with a hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oil in the ingredient list, put it back on the shelf. If you really need this type of item, look at other brands or alternatives.
Of course the more unprocessed or minimally processed foods consumed the better. These items provide the most nutritional bang for the bite! Plus no labels to read. Your current and future health will thank you. Those athletic performances may improve as well.
Read the article. Inform yourself. Then get back to training!
Posted on 06 Nov 2008