Life without trans fat! Can you dig it?

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Life without trans fat! Can you dig it?
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Thu, 11-07-2013 - 7:32pm

Hang onto your microwave popcorn and frozen pizza, the FDA has now OFFICIALLY banned trans fats (hydrogenated oils).  Here is a little trivia that might amuse you:  Shortening, the BIG gun in trans fats, is only available in the US and Canada.  The rest of the world has never gotten on board with the idea of making oil a solid at room temperature, which is what hydrogenating oil does.  

Leaping Lard, Batman!  We're gonna all be eating like the rest of the world soon!  Where can you look for changes?  Cake mix, crackers, baking mixes, everything in the office vending machine, doughnuts, snack cakes, candy, crackers, cookies, fried foods...the list is endless.  By the way, it is perfectly legal to label a food "zero trans fat" if it contains .5 grams of trans fat or less.  

Trans fats are like conditioners and preservatives all at once.  They are what keeps the bread you buy on Monday from being stale and hard on Wednesday.  They give Twinkies that reputation for surviving decades.  They keep that stuff in the vending machine from getting gross and they give brownie mix its shelf stability.  We don't need it.  

I don't eat a whole lot of processed foods (I DO have a weakness for saltine crackers) so I'm finding this amusing as well as interesting.  I want to see what the food manufacturers do to make the change.  What I think you will notice is that the expiration dates will be a whole lot closer to the manufacturing date than they used to be.  

I'm off to buy me some lard to bake holiday pies...Crisco is having an issue right now!  What do you think about this ruling?

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 7:33pm
WHEW! I've been trying to post this all day, kept getting an error. Finally in!
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 7:33pm
WHEW! I've been trying to post this all day, kept getting an error. Finally in!
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 7:34pm
WHEW! I've been trying to post this all day, kept getting an error. Finally in!
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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 11-08-2013 - 10:59am
It will be interesting to see how things change. We have moved over to very little processed foods and stick with coconut and olive oil when I do use oils.
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 11-15-2013 - 8:25pm

I have recently started using coconut oil.  Mostly for making foot scrubs, but I'm adventuring into cooking with it too!


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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Mon, 01-06-2014 - 6:34pm

I very rarely use the stuff anyway.  Won't hurt my feelings any.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Mon, 01-06-2014 - 6:49pm
I heard today on tv some lady uses coconut oil as a face cream I do have some in the house but don't use it.. I do try to watch my fats and for the family too.. I do use sprays... canola oil
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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Mon, 01-06-2014 - 7:23pm

Yes, I have heard of using coconut oil in consmetics and face creams.  Smells good too.

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-08-2014 - 4:53pm
Here is a great blog with 333 ways to use coconut oil. http://www.hybridrastamama.com/2012/08/333-uses-for-coconut-oil.html
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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Thu, 01-23-2014 - 5:10pm

That is certainly a lot of ways to use coconut oil.

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