Sunday wrapped up nutrition challenge 5–no trans fats. Here is what I have to report.
What I’ve Learned?
Trans fats are mandated by law to be listed on the packages of all food products. But, one must pay close attention because if the amount of trans fat is less than 0.5 g, the manufacturer only needs to write “not a significant source of trans fat” on its label. I also learned to keep an eye out for key words like partially hydrogenated oils. These are man-made fats, have no health benefits and are known to increase cholesterol and heart disease. Yuck! For more information about what to look for check out this USDA Fact Sheet.
What have I missed?
In general, I thought I would miss sweets, but the other challenges have already helped to curb my cravings. And today when I decided to have a homemade blueberry muffin made by a coworker, I got a killer headache (which may have been the sugar, more than the trans fats). I learned that yes, I can bake something and not lick the batter or taste-test as soon as it comes out of the oven (made banana bread during the challenge, and butter has trans fats).
Overall, this challenge made me want to keep up with a lot of the things I was already doing. Healthy eating really does make you feel better. And now on to a new challenge…
Challenge #6: No eating within 2 hours before going to bed
Here’s a chance to tackle snacking after dinner (which I don’t think is too hard since I am get most of my snacking done during the day). There seems to be conflicting evidence so we’ll see how I fare. I’m not looking to lose weight, but maybe I will sleep more soundly. And hopefully I won’t wake up in the middle of the night starving!