Cancer Prevention

Posted on March 12, 2009. Filed under: cancer, Food and Cancer, Foods that Prevent Disease | Tags: , , , , |

Cancer Prevention Article:

Lose Weight: Obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney and others.

Limit Alcohol Consumption: Drinking alcohol in excess increases your risk of various cancers.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: They’re loaded with cancer-fighting nutrients, such as phytoestrogens, plus they help keep you at a healthy weight.

Avoid Unhealthy, Cancer-Causing Foods
Many experts have stated that trans-fats are just as or even more dangerous than tobacco. While food manufacturers are not required by the U.S. to list trans-fats on food labels until January 2006, fortunately many are. Avoid foods with trans fats.

Read the label! The FDA has allowed a manufacturer to say “0 grams trans fat”  if it contains less than .5 gram per serving. So you may actually be consuming serveral grmas of trans fat by eating the products. Any ingredient that is “hyrodgenated” or “partially hydrogenated” is a trans fast subsatnce.

Avoid over-consumption of alcohol. Also eliminate artificial sweeteners and processed foods, and work toward drastically reducing sugars. As noted above, avoid charring and frying meats and other foods altogether.

Finally, if you consume meats try to consume only natural, pasture-raised. Among their many other health risks, mass-produced meats are higher in omega-6 fats that Americans consume far too many of and that can also lead to cancer. Read The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America’s Food Supply for more information.

 Limit Intake of Processed Meats and Trans Fats: Processed meats, like lunchmeats, hot dogs, bacon and sausages, have been linked to prostate and other cancers.

 Exercise Regularly. Exercise will reduce your risk of just about every type of cancer. It  can also reduce your risk by influencing hormone levels and your immune system, according to ACS

Avoid Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and Air Pollution. 

Get the proper amounts of Vitamin D – outdoor activities are healthy

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McDonalds Uses 0 Grams Trans Fat (I doubt it)

Posted on May 22, 2008. Filed under: Trans Fat Dangers | Tags: |

This article  states that McDonalds is switching over to a zero-trans-fat cooking oil with zero grams of trans fat per labeled serving.

However,  the FDA lets food manufacturers claim zero grams of trans fat as long as the product has less than half a gram per serving.

So beware, just avoid foods that could contain trans fats:
Most trans fat is found in shortenings, stick margarine, cookies, crackers, snack foods, fried foods (including fast foods), doughnuts, pastries, baked goods and other processed foods made with or cooked in partially hydrogenated oils.

Why is trans fat dangerous?
Consumption of trans fat raises levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and lowers levels of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol. This can cause the arteries to become clogged and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

What is trans fat?
Trans fat (also known as trans fatty acids) is formed when liquid vegetable oils go through the chemical process of hydrogenation to make the oils more solid. This gives food a longer shelf-life and can improve taste, shape and texture. Some trans fat also is found naturally in small amounts in certain meat and dairy products.


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Trans Fat Makes You Fat

Posted on April 19, 2008. Filed under: Trans Fat Dangers | Tags: , , , |

In his book, UltraMetabolism, by Dr Mark Hyman he says:

Highly processed and nutrient-devoid ingredients “pretend” to be food and can interfere with your metabolism, according to Hyman. Trans fats — often lurking in cookies, crackers, margarine, and fast food — are well known for raising total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowering HDL (“good”) cholesterol. They also thwart dieters’ best efforts by binding to cell receptors that regulate metabolism.

 “They slow metabolism and fat burning, and reduce insulin sensitivity, so you’re more likely to gain weight,” Hyman says. Although the government did well by requiring food manufacturers to list trans-fat amounts on labels, buyers beware: Companies can label their products “zero trans fats” if a product contains less than 0.5 gram per serving. But even trace amounts of trans fats hinder metabolism, so to steer clear, Hyman recommends scouring ingredient lists for “shortening” or any type of “partially hydrogenated” vegetable oil.

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Trans Fat is the Reason for Health Problems

Posted on April 12, 2008. Filed under: Trans Fat Dangers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How it All Started:
Trans fat was introduced into the American diet in the 1980’s with the “fat free” fad. Because we realized that saturated fat was bad for us, fodd manufactured began using trans fat instead. Thrity years later, we realize many of  the problems we had today,  are due to trans fat.

What is Trans Fat?
Trans fats are fats produced by heating liquid vegetable oils in the presence of hydrogen. This process is known as hydrogenation. The more hydrogenated an oil is, the harder it will be at room temperature. For example, a spreadable tub margarine is less hydrogenated and so has fewer trans fats than a stick margarine.

 How the Government is fooling You:
In January 2006, the government required that all food labels be labeled with the amount of trans fat.

However,  tne FDA lets food manufacturers claim zero grams of trans fat as long as the product has less than half a gram per serving. Eat a few servings of these and other ostensibly trans-free products each day and, without even knowing it, you might end up consuming considerably more trans fat than you should, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

 Trans Fat Raises Cholesterol:Saturated fat and trans fat raise LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. Dietary cholesterol also contributes to heart disease. Therefore, it is advisable to choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol as part of a healthful diet.  (

 Trans Fat is Implicated in Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Other Chronic Conditions:
Trans fats are even worse for cholesterol levels than saturated fats because they raise bad LDL and lower good HDL. They also fire inflammation,  an overactivity of the immune system that has been implicated in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. While you should limit your intake of saturated fats, it is important to eliminate trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils from your diet.

 Products Containg Tran Fat:
Trans fat can be found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods, and other foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils. Unlike other fats, the majority of trans fat is formed when food manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine. A small amount of trans fat is found naturally, primarily in some animal-based foods.

Most of the trans fats in the American diet are found in commercially prepared baked goods, margarines, snack foods, and processed foods. Commercially prepared fried foods, like French fries and onion rings, also contain a good deal of trans fat.

Mayo Clinic States:
Trans fat: Avoid this cholesterol double whammy. Trans fat raises your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your “good” (HDL) cholesterol. Find out more about trans fat and how to avoid it.

Harvard School of Public Health States:
What is becoming clearer and clearer is that bad fats, meaning saturated and trans fats, increase the risk for certain diseases while good fats, meaning monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, lower the risk. The key is to substitute good fats for bad fats.





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