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A Brief History of Trans Fat

June 30, 2012

April 27, 2012 By Joan L. McDaniel

What does Margarine, Crisco, Puritan Oil, “Fat-Free” “Vegetable Oil” and “Diet” all have in Common? Answer: Trans Fat

Nobel laureate Paul Sabatier worked in the late 1890s to develop the chemistry of hydrogenation, which enabled the creation of margarine, oil hydrogenation, and synthetic  Methanol, (methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha or wood spirits). In 1905-1910, Normann built a fat-hardening facility at the Herford Company. In 1909 Procter & Gamble facing the loss of business with their candle business, acquired the US rights to the Normann patent. The initial intent was to completely harden oils for use as raw material for making soap. After rejecting the name “Cryst” due to negative religious connotations, the product was eventually called Crisco, a modification of the phrase ‘crystallized cottonseed oil”.

I remembered my childhood and the then new Oil called Crisco, it was  all we used to cook and bake. Entering the name ”Crisco”  in a search engine and  mother linda’s site came up.  Her write-up is great and clearly tells the story of  “Crisco” .

Trans-fat was the most consumed type of fat in the U.S., it is in potato chips, pre-made cookies, or microwave dinners. It has caused at least 20,000 deaths a year of heart disease.

Due to pressure by several health groups and the public Trans-fat has been forced off the market by an FDA ruling. Note: If there is less than 500 milligrams Trans Fat can stay.

Also note: the Trans Fat name has been changed to protect ___?__.  Terms like Diet, Fat-Free, Vegetable Oil, etc.

Hydrogenation – Created in 1907 by E.C. Kayser for Procter and Gamble to manufacture a man made cooking Fat called Crisco to replace the natural occurring fat from meat called Lard.  The process added a hydrogen atom to the fatty acid chain which created a Polyunsaturated fat or Trans fat.  We now know that partially hydrogenated oils are bad for us.  Polyunsaturated fats readily oxidize when exposed to heat, light, or oxygen. They spontaneously oxidize and become destructive free-radicals.  Once free-radicals are formed they attack other unsaturated fats and proteins steeling an electron and creating more free radicals.  Saturated Fats  like Lard are very resistive to oxidation.  Antitoxins are used to fight free-radicals more of that latter.

Free Radical – An atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive. In animal tissues, free radicals can damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/free-radical#ixzz1zEKcvW1e

Crisco is currently still in business but the battle over Trans-Fat which will be my next post.

They call their product “Vegetable Oil”,  which is Trans Fat in disguise.

The Rise and Fall of Crisco  © Mother Linda’s

                           Crisco Update

The story of how Procter & Gamble successfully demonized lard.

http://www.motherlindas.com/crisco.htm

Lard – is produced from the fat of meat.  It is similar to tallow (candle wax) in composition. Before the 1920s America cooked with lard. Now in America Lard is basically no longer used due to the false claim of raising cholesterol and causing heart disease.  Lard had been used for centuries before American College educated busy buddies  and big business came up with Low-Fat Diet.  Dr. Keys.

“Chances are the reason you are overweight is because you aren’t eating enough fat. Yes, you read that correctly. The reason you may have a weight problem is because you don’t eat enough fat. We eat less fat now than ever before. In the past people ate whole milk, butter, and eggs, and relished in the fat in meats. Everything was cooked in lard and butter. Nowadays we avoid fats like a plague.” Dr Fife Coconut Oil Research Center.

Now we eat Trans Fats OH I MEAN VEGETABLE OIL.

Criscowas first marketed in 1911.  It was the first hydrogenated cottonseed oil or polyunsaturated fatCrisco was a marketing success story. Prior to 1910, dietary fat consisted of butterfat, beef tallow, and lardIn 1910 Napoleon was the first to use margarine to feed the troops with the shortage of butter during the French Revolution.

In America with the encouragement of his socialist friends, Upton Sinclair wrote the novel, The Jungle, which demonized the meat packing industry.  With the resulting decrease in sales of tallow and lard, PGs previously developed product now received a receptive audience. Crisco, a hydrogenated soybean cooking oil, turned a liquid into a solid fat.  Crisco was marketed as the new cleaner, less expensive and superior lard.

“I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” Upton Sinclair

6 Comments
  1. dream it designs
    The world of modern medicine and nutrition is so full of people who follow along and do not think or reason. They have been against the truth for so long they have forgotten what truth is. If there is a change in the business which starts benefits the user then I have done my job. I swore that once I began to feel better and regained my strength I would tell others no matter what it take. If you noticed Dr. Fife who writes about Coconut Oil gives all the profits from the sales of his books to charity.
    Thanks for your concern.
    Joan

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  4. Karen that is great news. Don’t worry about the weight, weight is the least of the problems. No longer taking statins GOOD FOR YOUR. You are saving your liver and brain. Instead of the sugar I’d suggest Stevia for high sugar can cause difficulty also. I think the cholesterol blood test was created just to sell more drugs.
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