One could say it’s… Short term pain, long term gain.
The ban will see the removal of foods containing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a source of trans fat, from the diets of Singaporeans from June 2021 – This includes both locally manufactured foods as well as imported foods.
PHOs are commonly found in pre-packaged food such as creamers and peanut butter, Nutella, cookies, instant noodles and potato chips.
Bubble tea lovers, watch out! The popular beverage contains a massive amount of PHOs, mainly from the non-dairy creamers used in the drink. It is not just sugary, but also artery clogging, which is basically a weapon made to kill you.
An alternative is to ask for fresh milk (preferably low-fat or skimmed milk) to replace the creamers, or just cut down on your bubble intake!
Why is it bad for you?
Trans fats are unsaturated fats that would result in higher risks of obesity. Studies have shown that a simple hamburger meal, say, from Macdonalds, when consumed, a body requires 51 days for it to fully break down all trans fats. Imagine eating Macdonalds 3 times a week!
Secondly, it has been proven that it also results in a cognitive slow down, increases moodswings and worsens memory. We wouldn’t want that now do we?
Lastly, it raises your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lowers your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Therefore it also increases risks of heart diseases, and diabetes. Approximately, up to 540,000 deaths a year can be attributed to the intake of artificial trans fats.
How much is too much?
So how much can we consume before it has adverse effects on our health? The daily limit is 1% of the total calories consumed in that day.
What should we do?
Now that the ban is being put in place and we understand the harmful effects of trans fats, what should we do? Some tips from the AHA include naturally occurring, unhydrogenated vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower, or olive oil.
We can also take note of the ingredients listed in the packaging of foods before purchasing them.
This is for all the foodies out there! Time to start sourcing out delicious alternatives that have already been around all these while!
Time to give up the trans fat, and transform your life for the better!