Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are involved in the creation of hundreds of food items that we enjoy on a daily basis. Many are unaware of the harmful effects that ingesting these ingredients have on their body. These oils are unable to be digested by the acids in our stomachs and lead to serious health problems such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ADHD, as a result of the thickening of our blood. The density of these oils after the hydrogenation process is elevated immensely and the composition of molecules is closer to that of plastic than the oil it once was. During surgeries on patients’ who are having plaque build up along their arterial walls it has been found that several inches of this build up can be attributed to the fatty acids of hydrogenated oils.
Hydrogenated oils are used in foods to increase their shelf life so to stay away from these harmful substances one should try to purchase natural fruits and vegetables and avoid packaged, processed goods. Consumers must focus on being aware of what they are buying; for instance, they should look at labels before purchasing items. The term “organic” does not necessarily mean healthy either so buyers need to be sure that these foods do not secretly contain the oils. Lastly, one of the most effective ways to avoid ingesting hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils is to try cooking for yourself, this way you know exactly what you are eating and where it comes from!