Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cooking Tip of the Day: Carbamerica

I know we love this stuff.

We all have affectionate memories of Toaster Strudels, Eggo Waffles, Gushers Fruitsnacks, Nesquik, and a million other childhood fancies. But upon analysis, what exactly were we eating our whole childhood??

The answer: carbohydrates and partially-hydrogenated oils (trans fats). Eww…

Think about it: most of the meals we have in a day are based on carbs. You have cereal or toast or waffles or pancakes for breakfast. You have a sandwich for lunch. You have pasta for dinner. You have ice cream or cake for dessert. Most of our meals are made up of carbs. 

Then, add in how much of what you eat is really bad processed food: stuff you microwave in a bag, stuff that says its “low fat.” All of these things generally have hydrogenated oils, which are really bad for your health and have been shown to cause cancer!

Two suggestions for losing weight or just improving your health in general:

1. Watch how many carbs you are eating. Carbs are anything that is made with flour or sugar. See how things change if you decide to eat more vegetables, fruits, and meat than those carbs! 

2. Read your labels. If you check the ingredients to make sure “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” oils, aka trans fatty acids, are not present, you are successfully avoiding risks of cancer.


  1. I neeedddddddddz mine carbsssssssssssses :)

  2. Great tips Lily! You must have a lucky fiance;)