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Hydrogenated fats have been the plague of the 21st century. Food manufacturers love using them as the process of hydrogenation makes oils thicker, creamier and more appetizing to the consumer. Unfortunately, hydrogenation also saturates the particular oil’s fatty acids which changes them into trans-fatty acids (beyond fatty acids).

These are major contributors to:

• Heart Disease                                                                                                                              • Diabetes                                                                                                                                              • Cancer

Hydrogenated (and partially hydrogenated) oils are completely unnecessary and have no place in nature! Unfortunately many food manufacturers add them to all the foods they make. Many of these are cleverly disguised under different names so it is not always that easy to discern what’s what. However the rule of thumb is to avoid all take-away foods, all fried foods, all commercailly baked goods (yes, breads, cookies and cakes are filled with them), processed foods and even some yoghurts, sauces, margerine and condiments that contain hydrogenated fats in order to thicken them.

In fact when the world went on its crazy low fat brigade, the incidence of heart disease and other lifestyle induced diseases such as diabetes increased, only in the last few years has the madness behind low fat been questioned. There are fats that are not only good for you but are vital for good health. It is also best to eliminate polyunsaturated fats and refined vegetable oils from your diet.

That leaves any raw natural oil like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, flaxseed oil, apricot kernel oil, macadamia nut oil and butter and ghee (made from raw milk).

Natural saturated fat is not the demon that it has been made out to be. In fact is has now been repeatedly proven that they do not raise cholesterol levels and they do not lead to heart disease. In fact there is a diet that helps people to lose weight and change their cholesterol profile to favour high HDL levels and low triglyceride levels. This is known as the ketogenic diet and it encourages the consumption of high good fats, moderate protein and low carbohydrates. This diet calls for the elimination of all processed food, snacks, sugar, trans-fatty acids and high glycaemic carbohydrates. And guess what? The incidence of heart disease actually diminishes on this diet.