submitted by Dr. Donald
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils is another name for Trans-Fatty Acids
If you're really concerned about getting healthy and staying that way, then you have to be very concerned about what you're putting into your body.
This means not only avoiding fast foods and other known junk foods, but it means that you have to be very aware of one of the worst of the more than 6000 chemicals that are added to foods today.
Most of these chemicals have negative side effects and a number of them are known health destroyers.
One of the worst of these is hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.
All processed chemicals that are used in foods have seriously detrimental effects on human health and energy levels and have no place in the modern human diet
To highlight this, let's take hydrogenated oils and see what this substance really is and why it's so incredibly bad for you.
Hydrogenated oils are oils that are often healthy in their natural state, but are quickly turned into poisons through the manufacturing and processing they undergo.
They take these naturally healthy oils and they heat it anywhere from five hundred to one thousand degrees under several atmospheres of pressure.
They then inject a catalyst into the oil for several hours.
The catalyst is typically a metal such a nickel, platinum or even aluminum.
As this bubbles up into the oil the molecular structure changes and increases in density and rearranges it's molecules so that instead of a liquid at room temperature we now have either semi-solid or solid oil.
This creates either partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated oils.
The molecules in this new product are now closer to cellulose or plastic than to oil.
In fact hydrogenated oil is only one molecule away from being plastic.
When you eat anything containing this material, just as the oil is now thicker and more viscous (dense), so too does your blood become thicker and more viscous right along with it.
The heart now has to work so much harder to pump blood throughout the system.
This is one of the major ways that consuming hydrogenated oils contributes to high blood pressure.
As you can imagine, this thicker blood with this gummy substance flowing with it can easily lodge in the arteries and build up the arterial plaque.
It doesn't take anywhere near as much time as you may think for this to occur.
Some studies have shown that negative health effects of eating processed foods occurs within only minutes of consuming such foods.
Studies have shown that such oils contribute to high cholesterol because it actually scars the internal walls of the arteries.
This is due to the nickel that is often used in the hydrogenation process.
This causes the body to then produce cholesterol to heal the walls of the arteries which is one reason that the plaque builds up on the arterial walls.
As the walls are continually scarred this slowly shrinks the opening for blood to flow through making the heart work much harder, placing a great strain on the heart and eventually wears the heart out.
This thicker blood which has a harder time pumping through the arteries and up to the brain.
Hydrogenated oils can slow the micro circulation of blood through the brain further causing various emotional and physical ailments such an Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ADHD and muddled thinking just to name a few.
Remember also that one of the metals sometimes used in the hydrogenation process is aluminum which has been linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease in a number of studies.
There are stories of doctors who performed surgery and found several inches of a thick fatty substance in patient's arteries.
Later this was identified to be the fatty, hydrogenated oil laden fast food breakfast of that patient the day before surgery.
Not a pleasant thought at all.
Hydrogenated oils are great as preservatives precisely because all the enzymatic activity in the oil has been neutralized during the hydrogenating process.
Remember that this hydrogenated oil is only one molecule away from plastic and plastic does not breakdown, it lasts for millennia which is one reason that even our oceans are starting to turn to plastic.
If un-hydrogenated oils put into foods they would go bad very fast.
This would increase the cost to the manufacturer.
That's because natural oils have enzymatic activity occurring in them which is what causes them and all foods to rot at room temperature.
Any food that does not rot at room temperature is considered a "dead" food and should not be consumed.
In fact the faster a food goes bad, the healthier they usually are.
That's because the enzymatic activity which causes the foods to rot at room temperature also means that the enzymatic activity within your own body will be greater as well.
Food is basically meant to digest itself so eating foods high in natural enzymes such as fresh vegetables, fruits and other raw foods means less stress on your own digestive system.
The more enzyme dead food and ingredients you consume, the more your own body has to create and use up its own food enzymes during digestion.
This places a large strain on your internal organs, especially the pancreas which has to create the necessary food enzymes for digestion.
An overworked pancreas is actually one of the major causes of type II diabetes which is basically pancreatic failure.
Trying to digest this plastic-like hydrogenated oil takes a massive amount of enzymes and energy from the system.
But the body never really succeeds because this material is not natural and it's a substance that the body is not designed to absorb.
Such foreign substances often cause false immune response which place a great strain on the immune system and decreases overall immunity.
As the body sends more enzymes (digestive acids) into the stomach to try and digest this plastic like oil, the internal stomach temperature rises.
This is another way that these unhealthy oils can lead to cancer.
It can take thousands of degrees to break down plastic.
The body is often only partially successful at breaking down and digesting hydrogenated oils.
The Cell Wall
Cell walls are normally made up of healthy oils such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, also known as essential fatty acids (EFA's) found in fish oils and grass fed and finished meats.
The walls of your cells are the cells defense mechanism so it's crucial that they have sufficient EFA's in the cell wall.
This is what allows nutrients and waste matter to pass in and out the call yet keeps foreign invaders and pathogens out.
Once hydrogenated oils reach the cell, they try to assimilate them into the make up of the cell wall.
Without sufficient EFA's, the cells are now forced to use this destructive hydrogenated oil into its cellular matrix to make up the difference.
What's worse is that this new cell wall now made up of hydrogenated oils is virtually useless and this compromises the very function of the cell wall.
The presence of hydrogenated oils in the cell walls actually prevents nutrients from entering the cell but at the same time allowing pathogens, microbes and viruses to pass through.
It also prevents waste material getting out of the cell.
Between the nutrients that are kept out of the cell and the waste matter that is now trapped in the cell, the cell often mutates or dies which can lead to cancer, tumors or other serious health issues.
Tips to Avoid Hydrogenated Oils
To help avoid hydrogenated oils, most of your foods should be raw and as close to their natural state as possible.
This means more fruits and vegetables including organic local meats as fresh as possible.
The more real foods from nature that you eat, the less packaged and processed foods you'll consume.
It's the packaged and processed foods that are most likely to be made with hydrogenated oils to help increase their shelf life.
This really means a change in the way that we think about food and what we classify as food.
True foods are those from nature, in their natural pristine state, not those that come out of a factory or a box.
You can't rely on the government or any other source to tell you what is ok to put into you or your families body.
It absolutely means becoming a label reader and checking everything you buy that's packaged and processed.
You especially want to make sure that hydrogenated oils and other negative ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup are not listed as ingredients, even on packages that have the word "organic" on the box.
Just because a package has the word organic on the label doesn't mean that it's necessarily a healthy food.
Packaged and processed foods with organic on the box would really be considered "less damaging" but not truly healthy.
To be truly healthy means that a food is full of enzymes, phytonutrients, and life force with all their natural vitamins and minerals present.
Enzymes are actually more important than any vitamin, mineral or other nutrient since all processes that occur in the body must have sufficient supplies of enzymes to do their job.
Foods that have had their enzymes destroyed are automatically classified as "dead foods"
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are absolutely one of the worst ingredients being put into the modern food supply today for the many reasons stated.
This is an ingredient that must be totally avoided at all costs. This is especially important if you're looking to recover your health in any form.
Beware that eating out in restaurants can pose just as great a health risk as packaged and processed foods do.
That's because many restaurants use hydrogenated oils in nearly everything they prepare.
This is another reason that eating out too often can have very negative health effects.
The best solution is to prepare your own foods at home as often as you can and getting as far away from a processed food diet as possible.
This way you know exactly what you're putting into your body and not leaving it up to modern manufacturers of today's so called "foods" that have no concern for your health or well being at all.
PS: Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils is another name for Trans-Fatty Acids
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