What is Hydrogenated Oil?
Generally, vegetable fats are most often used to make hydrogenated oil.
(hydrogenated vegetable oil)
This type of oil is actually preferred for commercial purposes.
Hydrogenation is the process of combining hydrogen gas with the oil at high pressure, making it more stable.
Because of this, its shelf life is prolonged.
Another reason why some restaurants and commercial establishments prefer using this for cooking is because of its higher melting point which enables them to cook food faster.
It may be advantageous in some aspects but those reasons are never enough to justify the ill health effects they cause.
Hydrogenated oils contain trans fat.
This fat results in the harmful imbalance of cholesterol in the body.
It contributes to increasing the bad cholesterol or LDL.
To make things even worse, it also reduces the amount of good cholesterol or HDL in the body.
The hydrogenation process also contains nickel that can scar the walls of the arteries.
When this happens, the instinctive reaction of the body is to release more cholesterol to repair the abrasions.
The elevated level of bad cholesterol can lead to serious cardiovascular diseases if the imbalance is not corrected.
It also has to be noted that the thick consistency of hydrogenated oil can affect the consistency of blood.
When the blood becomes thicker, it becomes very difficult for the heart to efficiently pump it throughout the body.
This promotes high blood pressure.
The trans fat that hydrogenated oil contains is also responsible for causing obesity in a lot of people.
The body, particularly the digestive system, does not know exactly what should be done with the trans fatty acids.
Hence, when the body attempts to digest it, it only ends up as natural body waste which accumulates over time and becomes fat.
This accounts for some of those extra pounds that you are always trying to get rid of.
Regular intake of hydrogenated oils can lead to cancer.
The building blocks of our body are cells. The walls of these cells are primarily made up of essential fatty acids (EFAs) which are healthy oils.
This wall allows nourishment to enter each cell and it expels the toxins.
When there is high amount of hydrogenated oil consumption, the cells begin to form its wall with it.
This slowly reverses the natural process wherein nourishment flows in and waste flows out.
Eventually, all the toxins that the cells absorb can lead to its destruction or mutation into cancer cells.
Hydrogenated oils are a common ingredient in processed food which also contain high amounts of artificial ingredients.
This includes frozen meals, microwaveable snacks, deep fried restaurant food and a whole lot of other unhealthy foods.
The best thing to do is to make it a habit to read the ingredients in the packaging before you start eating and stuffing food inside your body.
The effort of staying away from hydrogenated oil is worth it because it will keep you away from serious health conditions in the future.