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Avoid the trans fat trap: Shedding light on the 'heavy' issue

Updated on December 17, 2011

The issue of trans fat is dominating every health discussion nowadays with product labels boasting about being 'trans fat free'. But what exactly is it and why is it so harmful to the health? Here are some answers.

Not all fats are bad. Moderare amounts in the diet is considered healthy. It's important for growth and maintenance of the body and it aids in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). A healthy diet includes about 20 - 35% of all your calories from fat.

Know the different types of fats. Monosaturated fats are considered the healthiest since they help to lower your serum cholesterol. It;s found in walnuts, almonds, canola oil, avocados, and olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats (including soybean, sunflower oil and corn oil) can lower cholesterol as well. Trans fat that naturally appears in milk and meat does not pose a danger to your health.

When trans fat becomes a threat? Harmful trans fat is formed when hydrogen is added to the oil. This process is used to turn liquid into the familiar white creamy vegetable shortening and some of the hard margarines. These products are then used in food manufacturing to produce crackers, cookies, snack foods, and more. It's the type to raise your serum cholesterol levels and puts you at risk for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other serious health problems

Make a healthy decision, since more than 93% of the populaton nowadays eat bread at least 5 times a week or more, choose a variety that is both delicious and healthy like Goldilocks Healthtinapay. It's bromate-free and cholesterol-free, contains no trans fatty accides, and fortified with Vitamin A. The Department of Health awarded it the Sangkap Pinoy Seal.

HEALTHtinapay has six varieties to choose from, Sandwhich Bread, Egg & Milk Bread, Wheaten Bread, Pandesal, Monay and Raisin Bread. The three loaf bread varieties are available in 600g and 400g.

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