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A NATURAL SOLUTION 4 YOU
January 16, 2003 Edition
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HEALTH IN THE NEWS
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TAKING AIM AT TRANS FATTY ACIDS – By Colette Bouchez, HealthScoutNews

Just as most Americans are finally digesting the nutrition labels appearing
on all processed foods, the Food and Drug Administration (news – web sites)
sits poised to add another term on the back of your favorite box of cookies
or package of lunch meat.

That term is “trans fatty acid.” And some time early this year, the FDA is
expected to start requiring that manufacturers include these levels along
with listings for other types of fat content already mandated on food
labels.

“This is a good thing, because it will provide consumers with more
information about the foods they are consuming so they can make better food
choices,” says Cindy Moore, director of nutrition therapy at the Cleveland
Clinic Foundation, and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Trans fatty acids or — “TFAs” — are a type of saturated fat that occurs
naturally in small amounts in foods like beef and dairy products.

But trans fatty acids can also be the end result of a manufacturing process
that turns healthy liquid fats — like vegetable oil — into unhealthy solid
fats needed to produce many foods, particularly baked goods and snacks. As
such, they show up in a wide variety of products you commonly eat, often in
large amounts.

“If you eat any commercially prepared foods, particularly baked goods,
chances are you are getting a fair amount of TFAs in your diet,” Moore says.

This matters, she adds, because studies now show that trans fatty acids can
increase some specific health risks — particularly the risk of heart
disease.

“The higher your intake of trans fatty acids, the higher your ratio of LDL
(bad) cholesterol to HDL (good) cholesterol. And that plays out in terms of
the risk for heart disease,” Moore says.

But it’s not only your heart that can suffer. The very latest studies show
that high levels of trans fatty acids can also increase your risk of Type II
diabetes.

In fact, all things being equal, the negative effects of TFAs on your health
are even greater than those of the much-ballyhooed saturated fats — the
traditionally bad, “heart-hurting” fats found in foods like butter and
cream.

“All fats are bad, and no high fat foods are good for your health. But if
you have to choose between a food high in saturated fats and one high in
trans fat, the one high in trans fat would probably be slightly worse for
you in terms of your heart health,” says New York University nutritionist
and dietitian Samantha Heller.

But how much trans fatty acid is considered too much? In an effort to answer
this question, the FDA asked the National Institute of Medicine (news – web
sites) to study the issue and come up with a number that could make its way
onto food labels.

That report, issued last fall, found that no level of trans fatty acids is
considered “safe.”

Since trans fatty acids are present in so many foods, the institute’s report
also concluded that eliminating TFAs from your diet would cause such a
dramatic change in your eating habits that it could lead to deficiencies of
needed nutrients.

The suggested compromise: Strive to keep trans fatty acids as low as
possible. And in this respect, the new labels can help.

“If we look for foods that are low in TFAs and low in saturated fats, we are
definitely making smarter food choices,” says Heller.

Although the TFA regulation is likely to become mandatory sometime in the
next few months, it could take up to 15 months before the new labels begin
appearing in stores.

In the meantime, Moore says you can still make smarter food choices by
reducing your intake of any foods that list “partially hydrogenated oils” in
their ingredient list.

“Most partially hydrogenated oils are trans fatty acids, and the less we
consume of these ingredients, the better off our heart and our health will
be,” she says.

Currently the FDA-required food labels list total fat content, along with
breakdowns for the following types of fat:

* Saturated fats — found in animal meats, including beef, veal, lamb and
pork, as well as poultry, butter, cream, whole milk, and whole cheeses.
Plant sources include coconut and palm kernel oil and cocoa butter.

* Polyunsaturated fats (the “good” fat) found in plant oils such as
safflower, sesame, sunflower, corn and soybean, as well as nuts and seeds.

* Monounsaturated fats (another “good” fat) found in canola, olive and
peanut oil and avocados.

According to the American Heart Association (news – web sites), choosing
foods high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat may help lower your
blood cholesterol when used in place of saturated fat.

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HEALTH NEWS FOR KIDS
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HEART MURMURS AND YOUR CHILD

Many parents fear the worst when their child is diagnosed with a heart
murmur, but it’s important to know that this diagnosis is extremely common.
In fact, many children are found to have a heart murmur at some point during
their lives. Most murmurs are not a cause for concern and do not affect the
child’s health at all.

What exactly is a heart murmur? Read on to find out what they are and what
the diagnosis may mean for your child.

Definition By itself, the term heart murmur is not a diagnosis of an illness
or disorder, but to understand what it does mean, it’s important to know how
the heart works.

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NUTRITION IS A CHOICE
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TRI-PEPPER 3-GRAIN TEMPEH CHILI

* 1 package (8 oz) 3-grain tempeh, crumbled
* 1 green pepper, chopped
* 1 red pepper, chopped
* 1 yellow pepper, chopped
* 2 TB minced garlic
* 2 TB olive oil
* pinch of salt

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5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add:

* 3 cups cooked kidney beans, drained
* 2 cans (15 oz each) tomato sauce
* 1 cup water
* 2?3 TB chili powder, or to taste
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin
* white pepper, salt, Tabasco, and crushed chili peppers, to taste

Simmer over low heat, covered, for 1/2 hour.

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LAUGHING LINES
Laughter Is Good Medicine
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FRIENDLY PIG

A man was on a walking holiday in a foreign country. He became thirsty so
decided to ask at a stranger’s home for something to drink.

The lady of the house invited him in and served him a bowl of soup by the
fire.

There was a wee pig running around the kitchen – running up to the visitor
and giving him a great deal of attention.

The visitor commented that he had never seen a pig this friendly.

The housewife replied: “Ummm, he’s not that friendly. That’s his bowl
you’re using”

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