How Safe is A FRIED Chicken: Check if Its Cooked with Trans FAT!

March 22, 2007

1937790063.jpgTrans Fat is actually a partially Hydrogenated Vegetable oil- described by some as a man made toxin. It was actually developed as a “healthy” alternative to animal fat!  It became so popular for sometime because this is the kind of fat that can give your chicken the Crunchy feeling and great taste and the pastries a longer half life. Perfect combination of a good tasting meal and longer shelf life…definitely good for business!  But Wealth Is NOT HEALTH!

SO what’s wrong with Trans Fat?

  • Just 2.6 grams a day of trans fat raises your risk of heart disease.  That’s about half as much as you get in a typical serving of french fries.  Thus it is considered as one if not the unhelathiest Fat!
  • We are presently battling the epidemic of obesity and this trans fat may actually be one culprit because it is super fattening. It has been shown that Trans fats build up belly fat themselves resulting in the “beer belly” appearance.  Likewise trans fat also cause fat from other parts of your body to move to the belly.  Whew…. really a Bad Fat! 

Remember… accumulation of fat in the abdomen is particularly dangerous because it contributes to heart disease and insulin resistance state which can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and the so called Metabolic Syndrome.

The good news is:

  • A lot of the junky foods that we love to eat that used to have lots of trans fat like the famous Oreo cookies — are now trans-fat free. Yahoooo!
  • Fast-food restaurants are now adopting measures to reduce or eliminate trans fats.

So the next time you order crunchy chicken…. please be aware if the food is being cooked trans fat free or if it is in fact cooked with one!  As a consumer … you have to right to know because it’s your health and the health of your kids that are at stake here!

Make sure to be careful with oredering fried chicken in areas where no labels are posted especially on sidewalks.  The cook themselves may not even know what kind of oil they are using.  The Blind making the Ugly….

The Ugly and The Fried!

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8 Responses to “How Safe is A FRIED Chicken: Check if Its Cooked with Trans FAT!”

  1. Bill Says:

    What get me is even if the food states that it contains “no trans fat”, that may not be the case. Apparently if there is less than .5 grams of trans fat, they can round down to 0 on the nutrition label.

    You must check the ingredients on the label to make sure the words “Partially Hydrogenated” followed by any type of oil is not listed.

    We are finding more foods with containing no trans fat, but we still need to be very careful.

    The website, cuttransfat.org is “Committed to the voluntary elimination of all artificial trans fats by restaurants and the entire food industry”. There are links to many articles offering differing views on the subject. It is a quality site with lots of good information.

    The site is also compiling a list of restaurants and food chains that are actively eliminating or reducing trans fats in their menus.

    Visit http://cuttransfat.org for more information.

  2. Doc Gerry Says:

    Thanks for your input and the link. Am sure the readers can further look into the site for more information on trans fat. What is improtant is that there are now efforts to go about total elimination of this specific fat in the food industry market. For now, it is a matter of vigilance on the consumers to read labels and ask questions before buying or eating


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