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What is hydrogenated oil?


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When I found out that I’m allergic to gallates, I was told to avoid hydrogenated oils because of it. You should avoid a lot of other things as well – read about that here.

So, back to hydrogenation. What is it? It occurs when oil which is contained in cobalt, aluminum and nickel (the metal is a very important part), has hydrogen bubbles blown into it and gets heated to 212-392 degrees fahrenheit.

This alters the chemical structure of the oil, giving it amazing preservative qualities and causing it to harden, like shortening and some stick margarines, which food product companies seem to love. Margarine has quite a following as well, which really began booming in the 50’s. And on top of all of this, the process of hydrogenation actually increases the amount of oil. And to a company looking to cut costs, that’s a “great” way to go…

It all started back in the early 1900’s when cotton seed oil was the first oil to be hydrogenated. Early on, it wasn’t selling well at all, so Proctor & Gamble started giving it away! The rest is history. Now, we’re in a constant battle of trying to avoid all the hydrogenated oils because it’s high in fat and seems to cause diabetes among other health issues and let’s not forget the fact that your body can’t actually process this stuff. It’s not good.

It’s in most chips, pretzels, granola bars, etc. You can avoid it by looking for “expeller pressed oils” on the ingredient labels. You can also avoid it by cooking at home, avoiding deep-fried foods, buying organic products. I also know that Frito Lay is hydrogenated-oil-free.

This is what I’ve learned so far, but I feel like I’ve got a lot more to learn… such as the laws on this stuff! Obviously they’re pretty lax at this point.


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5 thoughts on “What is hydrogenated oil?

  1. This is interesting! So what can you eat for snacks if it comes time to have to eat packaged ones, like chips? Actually, I would love to see an overall post on what you do eat, since I know there are so many things you must avoid!


    • Why, that is an EXCELLENT idea, miss thang! Did you see what I did with the words?? Pretttty crafty! ;-) haha. I have to go to the grocery store after work, so I’ll take some photos and do a post on that next week!


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  3. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

    These ingredients are “trans-fats” and it runs wild in fried foods and packaged goods. They are also closely linked to:
    Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Alzheimer Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Stroke. And that’s just by taking in a small amount daily!
    Here are some extremely common foods:
    French Fries – 14.5 grams of trans fat in an average medium sized order. Try baked sweet potato fries instead.
    Margarine & Vegetable Shortening – 30 – 40% trans fat. Try organic butter instead.

    Fast Food – A KFC original fried order will give you 7 grams of trans fat, not just the fried foods! The desserts have trans fats in most all heavily processed foods. Few foods are more processed than fast foods.

    A solution would be to go with a fast food that is not full of transfats “Chipotle” – hormone free meats, low cal topping choices, fiber rich legumes for less than $7.!


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