February 10, 2018

It is the food ingredient that has become a byword in everything not right about processed food.  Indeed, its reputation has become so bad—and perhaps rightly so, that the phrases “No Trans Fats”, “No Trans Fats Here” and “Zero Trans Fats” have actually become bywords and come-ons in the food industry.  But why is it so bad?  Here are a few enlightening facts about trans fats:




FROM GOOD TO BADDIE.  Actually, trans fats didn’t start out as a food baddie.  There was a time when it was actually touted as even a better alternative to butter, as the latter was deemed too rich in fat and thus bad for the heart.  This was the time when the words partially hydrogenated oil—a euphemism for trans fats today, was considered so attractive that it was even prominently featured on labels and packaging.  How the mighty have fallen since as the said phrase is now usually avoided or perhaps hidden by the new alternative phrase, “Zero Trans Fats.”




A BADDIE FOR THE HEART.  One of the most compelling reasons against trans fats is that it has proven to be bad for the heart.  It seems that it can actually raise the LDL or the bad cholesterol in the body.  It doesn’t stop there though, as aside from raising LDL it also causes HDL or the good cholesterol levels to drop.  This puts most consumers of foods with trans fats at risk, as their risk for having heart attacks becomes greater.









FRANKENSTEIN FOODS.  Aside from the controversy that ultra high temperature processing in milk has generated, the bad reputation that trans fats gained through the years is how as an ingredient it has created a slew of products that defy shelf longevity.  A popular brand of snacks with trans fats for instance has often been deemed as apocalypse proof as it can “remain fresh” even after a nuclear fallout for instance.  The truth is that even foods with trans fats can spoil—but not for a long time coming.  This has made it suspect in the eyes of consumers, because surely, “something must be wrong with it, right?”  Well, the answer to that may yet be in the future. But then who would want to gamble with his or her health?



FOODS WITH TRANS FATS TO AVOID?  Believe it or not, trans fats is everywhere.  What foods should we avoid then to rid ourselves of trans fats?  Well, we can start with cakes, pies, cookies (with frosting), biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, margarine, crackers, microwave popcorn, candies (especially the cream-filled ones), doughnuts, fried fast foods, pizza (the commercial and frozen kind) and so much more.  Indeed, not unless you raise your own food, process them naturally and thereafter cook them with minimal or no industrially-prepared additives; chances are you will get your share of trans fats in your diet. What to do then?  As in everything else in life, moderation is the key, coupled with exercise and the use of supplements that can help lessen the effects of trans fats especially when it comes to the build-up of toxins and cholesterol in the body.



One such dietary supplement is Fibermaxx Psyllium Fiber.  Made from psyllium fiber—a plant  


product with a long history of use in India and South Asia, Fibermaxx through regular use can cleanse the body of toxins including cholesterol.  It more or less acts like a broom that can sweep all these substances away, leaving your body clean and healthy and can even contribute to weight loss. Fibermaxx comes in 255 gram bottles and can be taken as is, or mixed with water or your favourite beverages.  Fibermaxx is available at all Watsons stores and select outlets and drugstore chains nationwide. 


For more information about the cleansing and healthful effects of Fibermaxx, go to our blog  at for related articles like “The All-Natural Wonder Fiber” (January 18, 2018), “There is Forever:  10 Ways To Lose Weight Permanently” (January 9, 2018), and  “Are Supplements Necessary for the Ketogenic Diet?” (November 28, 2017).



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