This month we discuss the World Health Organization’s recent ban on artificially produced trans fats and helpful tips for snacking smart.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the artificially produced trans fats found in junk and fried foods contribute to more than 500,000 preventable deaths annually. That’s why the WHO has released REPLACE, a guide for governments to eliminate industrially produced trans fat in their countries. Their goal is to remove all artificially produced trans fats from the global food supply by 2023.
What exactly is trans fat?
Trans fat is vegetable fat that has been chemically altered by a process called hydrogenation. This process turns healthy fat into a solid, unhealthy fat that is worse for you than saturated fat. Trans fats boost low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol) levels and can increase your risk of heart disease by 21 per cent.
What can you do now to avoid eating and drinking trans fats?
The WHO’s campaign was launched mid-May 2018 and is in its early stages, which means it might take some time to see changes in Canada. In the meantime, you can read nutrition labels and look at the amount of saturated fat and trans fat per serving.
It’s also important to check the ingredient list, which is different from the nutritional label. Ingredient information is listed from greatest to smallest amounts, so if partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup are listed as the first few ingredients, choose another product.
To learn more about trans fats, click here.
It’s completely normal to snack throughout the workday. While it can be tempting to opt for the fast, easy (but unhealthy) option, taking a minute to snack smart can save you time, money and calories. Keep the following three tips in mind to help you snack smart at the office.
Click here to learn some healthy snack options.
Many people wrongly believe that how much you sweat indicates how effective your workout was. How much you sweat during a workout is due to a variety of factors such as weight, gender, age, genetics, temperature and even fitness level.
For example, men tend to sweat more than women, younger people tend to sweat more than older people and fit people tend to sweat more than those who are less fit.
So remember, don’t use sweat as an indicator for how intense your workout was. Instead, track your heart rate, level of muscle soreness and amount of progress seen to evaluate whether or not your workouts are effective.
Makes: 8 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving)
|Total Fat||4 g|
|Dietary Fibre||5 g|
|Total Sugars||4 g|
Source: Government of Canada
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