By now most Americans have heard that trans fats have been linked to heart disease, the No. 1 killer in the United States. Yet, many parents continue to buy foods for their families that contain hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils, which contain trans fats.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest estimates that if all artificial trans fats were eliminated from the U.S. food supply, 30,000 lives a year would be saved, along with $50 billion a year in health costs. Walter Willett, chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School for Public Health, believes that a complete ban on trans fats could result in even higher numbers of lives saved.
Or how about this one, from the famous Nurses' Health Study? Women who ate the most trans fats over a 14-year period were twice as likely to develop fatal heart disease. Women who ate the least trans fats, and also consumed the most healthy fats, were 70 percent less likely to develop any heart disease at all.
Give your children a truly loving and durable Valentine: read labels, and don't buy foods that contain trans fats.
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