Monday, 21 September 2015

Trans Fats

More food advice – this time on trans fats

Trans fats are harmful substances added to foodstuffs to enhance their taste and extend self-life (check out some of the ‘use by’ dates on ‘fresh foods’) – according to the Guardian last week

A study in the BMJ says that cutting out the toxic fats found in cakes, biscuits and other products could save people from dying of heart disease and save the NHS millions.  Others have gone onto dispute this, saying nearly all industrial trans fats have been eliminated.  So, once again, what should we believe?

My take would be to be sure of what you are eating, cook from scratch as often as you can and avoid processed foods, ‘ready meals’ and shop bought cakes and biscuits.  I am particularly wary of foods like mince pies with sell by dates that are weeks ahead – keep it fresh is my advice.