When making dietary changes, adding more vegetables is a quick and easy way to get the ball rolling. Next, you might think, “I’ll add some vegetable oil, too,” for a few more veggie bonus points. So you pat yourself on the back, thinking you’re doing the right thing, but unfortunately, you’d actually be wrong, very wrong. Adding vegetable oil to your plate or skillet can do your body far more harm than good, so drop the Mazola and listen up. It’s time to get vegetable oil out of your life and here’s why:
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Although Crisco appeared on American grocery store shelves as early as 1911, the popularity of hydrogenated vegetable oils, or trans fats, including margarine and shortening, soared between the 1950s and the 1980s, as the demonization of saturated fats consumed the medical establishment.
We’re all about healthy eating here at Be Well, but we believe in a little indulgence once in awhile, too. Unless you’re battling a condition that calls for strict adherence to a specific diet, having a bit of your grandma’s famous apple pie or a homemade treat shouldn’t be a problem on occasion. The important thing is to indulge in foods that are actually foods! It’s much healthier for your body and mind to use your “eat in moderation” tokens on things that are actually whole foods -- there’s no use in indulging in processed chemicals or fake foods that are only going to weaken your health.
Today’s seriously deceptive food marketing means that reading front labels and nutritional labels isn’t enough. To avoid choosing seriously deceiving “healthy foods,” consumers need to be aware of culprits listed in the ingredients. My son and I found this out the hard way a few months ago when we were at a local health foods store. I had to tell him that a food company was trying to mislead consumers and that in fact, the word GMO circled with a red slash across it didn’t actually mean that a food was GMO-free.