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Real Food

February 8, 2011

I think we can all agree that what we strive to eat here in the healthy living world is real food.

So what does that mean?

It means food that can be found in nature.  It’s unprocessed and it’s simple.  If you looked at the ingredient list of a real food it would be short and you would know exactly what the ingredients were and how to pronounce them.

You know what’s not real?  Trans fat.  You get trans fat through the process of hydrogenation which turns liquid oil into solid fat.  This is huge for processed foods because hydrogenation increases shelf life.  Guess what?  It also increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, increases the amount of LDL or “bad” cholesterol in your body, decreases the amount of HDL or “good” cholesterol in your body and increases inflammation.

I don’t know about you but I’ve heard enough.  No trans fat for this girl.  By the way, companies are allowed to claim their product has 0 trans fat if it has .5 grams or less per serving but don’t be fooled, if the ingredient list contains the word “hydrogenated” there’s trans fat in the product.

So why am I getting all heated about trans fat?  Besides the obvious, I’m frustrated because I constantly come across vegan recipes that call for some kind of Tofutti product and guess what the second ingredient is?

HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL

I’m frustrated because I look to the vegan cooking community for healthy/real food recipes and I find it problematic that many blogs promote the use of a product that contains trans fat.  **Note that I don’t mean this to be an attack on ALL vegan food blogs.  I have found SO many wonderful recipes that are both vegan and Tofutti-free**

So tell me, am I wrong to be upset or am I missing part of the story here?  Enlighten me.

I think I’ve ranted enough for one day.  How about some pictures of real food?

I’m supposed to be getting my blood drawn in the morning and we’re expecting lots of snow tonight.  Getting to school is going to be a disaster…

Happy Tuesday!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2011 10:26 AM

    I try to eat real foods, but I don’t freak out too much when it comes to a bit of trans-fat etc.

    Good luck with the blood drawing…the scares the heck out of me.

  2. February 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    Amen sister! I don’t use those products for that exact reason – hydrogenated = not good, vegan or not!

  3. February 8, 2011 12:18 PM

    I’m definitely with you- hydrogenated oils are not good. I try to steer clear of trans fat too, and make sure to read the ingredients and check for anything hydrogenated. Because like you said, food labels can be deceiving.

    • February 9, 2011 9:25 AM

      Yes they can. Loopholes in food labelling should not be allowed!

  4. February 8, 2011 1:02 PM

    blech, hydogenated = yucccck.

    You know what’s weird? I could NOT find a single brand of taco shells that didn’t have hyrdogenated oil. Granted, I was only at the regular grocery store, but still. Isn’t that ridiculous!?

  5. February 8, 2011 3:17 PM

    Couldn’t agree more! That is one reason that I blow off many recipes that I come across as well. That and the fact that if I have to drive out of town, go to a specialty food store to buy the ingredient – it’s not worth my time or gas!

  6. February 8, 2011 10:07 PM

    I bet this is hard to resist, with the lifestyle that we have at present we have ready-to-eat meals that contains hydrogenated oil. For people who are just busy with their work fast food chains and processed foods are the most convenient. Just thinking though that maybe at least once or twice in a week we eat real foods.

  7. February 9, 2011 2:34 AM

    I wish they wouldn’t put that stuff in any food at all. Ban it all I say lol 🙂
    Your egg and pickle sandwich looks delicious btw!

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