What Is Trans Fat?
First and foremost, trans fat is poison to the human body and causes diabetes. Second, it is an artificial human-engineered oil that your body is not designed to handle. Third, it was invented to make food companies more money, not because it provided any health benefit to the consumer. Companies have many economic incentives to keep using trans fat even though there is overwhelming evidence to show it is deleterious to the human body.
Trans fat is created by an industrial process called hydrogenation. Hydrogen gas is forced through a polyunsaturated oil in the presence of metal catalysts. This process takes place at very high temperatures and the purpose is to break the chemical bonds of the polyunsaturated oil molecules and then put them back together in a different artificial way. Structurally, it takes naturally crooked molecules and turns them into artificially straight molecules. Healthy omega-3 molecules are replaced by unhealthy trans fat molecules during this process.
Why Trans Fat Causes Diabetes
Type 2 diabetics have damaged cell membranes that interfere with the transport of glucose from the blood stream into the cell for nourishment. A normal healthy cell membrane has lots of omega-3 fatty acids as a major part of its structure. If you have lots of trans fats and not enough omega-3 in your diet, the trans fats will replace some of the omega-3's. This spells trouble for glucose metabolism and once it gets worse enough you will develop diabetes. Unfortunately, most Americans get way more than they realize and even a small amount isn't good. Moreover, the modern American diet doesn't get anywhere near enough omega-3 fatty acids. The modern American diet is a recipe for a diabetes epidemic which is exactly what we are seeing.
The Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic Started When Hydrogenated Oils Were Introduced
We can learn a lot from epidemiology studies which take into account large amounts of population data and looks for trends. When we look at the data for type 2 diabetes over the last century, an interesting almost shocking fact jumps out. There were virtually no cases of type 2 diabetes before the late 1920's! Then, in the 30's and 40's, there was a massive rapid increase. Doctors had never seen it before and were baffled. They didn't even have a name for the disease. This sudden appearance and rapid escalation of diabetes in industrialized nations very tightly correlates with the introduction of hydrogenated oils into the food supply. This information should be shouted from the rooftops but the food industry and certain elements of the medical industry have suppressed it.
Contact The FDA and Your Elected Representatives
The food lobbies are very powerful indeed and they have spent millions upon millions hiding the fact that many food products contain trans fat. They have spent millions trying to hide how dangerous it really is. However, at the end of the day, food lobbies don't get to vote but you do. Speaking out really does help. Trans fat is in so many products it has gotten very difficult to avoid it even if you really want to. It is in frozen food, can food, deli food, baked goods, snack food, restaurant food, etc. Chances are if you eat at an office party or partake of the refreshments at a PTA meeting, you're eating trans fat. It is so prevalent in our food it is literally difficult to escape. It has become a major health crisis. We all need to let the FDA and our elected officials know that we do not want ANY trans fat in our food because it is dangerous to our health and to our family, friends, and neighbors. We need to let them know that it is not enough to reduce it, we need to eliminate it. We need to tell them that we want all food containing ANY amount of trans fat, no matter how little, clearly labeled with a warning.
How To Know If Trans Fat Is In the Food Even If It Isn't Listed On the Package or Even If the Package Says "No Trans Fat"
The food companies are sneaky with labeling and you need to know the tricks on how to tell if there's trans fat in a food product. Look on the "Nutrition Facts" label under "Total Fat" and see if trans fat is listed. If you don't see trans fat listed there, it doesn't necessarily mean there isn't trans fat because there are tricky ways food companies get around listing it. You need to next check out the list of ingredients. If there is hydrogenated oil of any kind, and that includes "partially hydrogenated oil," then there is trans fat - even if the package says there isn't as they can say this if the amount PER SERVING is less that 0.5 grams - but how many servings are in that package. Hydrogenation creates trans fat period. If you see the word "shortening" or the word "mono-diglycerides" that means there's trans fat. I know it takes time to read food labels but it is well worth the effort given the health benefit to you and your family. Remember also that eating whole foods which are healthier for you don't reading reading a food label!
Eliminate ALL Trans Fat From Your Diet and Your Family's Diet Immediately
All people should do this. However, if you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or you are at risk for diabetes, it is absolutely critical that you do this as soon as possible and be strict about it. There is no "safe" level of trans fat. Even a little can do serious harm to your cell membranes. Don't let cost sway you or anything else prevent you from the important mission of eliminating it from your diet. Your life and your quality of life depends on it.
Make Sure You and Your Family Eat Foods That Contain Good Quantities of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The vast majority of modern Americans do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids. Our hunter and gatherer ancestors got lots of omega-3 when they ate wild game, insects, fish, seafood, and wild greens. Before the 1920's Americans got a decent amount of omega-3. Flax oil and fish oils were very popular then. However, in the 1920's hydrogenated oils largely replaced these omega-3 rich oils. People also eat less fish today. Farmed fish today contain less omega-3 than wild fish and the eggs and meat from chickens that are not allowed to forage for insects and greens do not contain as much omega-3.
You must make sure you provide your body with plenty of omega-3. Fish, beef, seafood, algae, walnuts, flax seed oil, fish oil, and walnut oil are very high in omega-3. Chicken, turkey, and pork do not have as much but do have some. Wild game such as deer and elk have a good amount of omega-3. Greens such as mustard greens, spinach, and kale also have omega-3 in decent quantity but not enough to depend on that as your main source. If you can't get enough omega-3 from food, which of course is always the best way, you can add a fish oil or algae supplement.
Be Sure To Check Out the Reverse Diabetes Guide I Review At the Top of the Page!
You really do need the detail that is in the guide if you are serious about reversing your diabetes. I want you to know there is a cure for diabetes. I am living proof of this and this is the same information I followed to cure my diabetes.