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Have a (healthy) heart.
Janurary 15, 2013

Trans fats, also known as trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated oils, are created when hydrogen added to liquid vegetable oil forms something close to a solid in a process called hydrogenation. This process is thought to make it very difficult for your body to digest these solid oils. There are some naturally occurring trans fats, mostly in meat and dairy products, but it has not been shown whether these are as unhealthy as the other ones.

How do they affect your health? They raise your bad cholesterol, LDL, levels and decrease your good cholesterol, HDL, levels, which the latter is what makes them worse than saturated fats. You also have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women.

So why use them? Because they are inexpensive to produce, easy to use, and can last a long time. They also create a nice texture and taste. They are used in fryer oils at fast food chains because the oil lasts longer in the fryers than others. They are in foods such as microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, blueberry muffin mix, refrigerated crescent rolls.

It is recommended by the American Heart Association that you eat less than 1% of your daily total calories in trans fats and less than 7% in saturated fats. And in recent years, the FDA has shed more light on trans fats and saturated fats, making it appear on the Nutrition Facts on packages, so consumers can make more informed choices. Anything that is labeled “zero trans fats” may not be COMPLETELY zero, but must contain less than 0.5 grams per serving. Which, in this day and age of fast food and convenience, is not much, but can add up quickly.

The best way to stay healthy is to avoid these fats by being a savvy shopper. Read your labels, be wary of ingredients that you don’t know, make sure you exercise properly, and lead a balanced lifestyle. Also, have a cookie! A Nana’s cookie, that is. We do not put any hydrogenated oils, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, or corn products in our cookies. So you know that when you take a bite of a Nana’s cookie, that you are not putting something into your body that you shouldn’t!

Nana's will extend the discount until February 26th, 2013. You can get the Chocolate Chip Cookies, Coconut Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Cookies, No Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, No Gluten Chocolate Cookies, No Gluten Chocolate Crunch Cookies, Chocolate Chippy Cookie Bars, Fudgy Wudgy Cookie Bars, Gluten Free Chocolate Munch Cookie Bars, Gluten Free Fudge Cookie Bites and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites, for 25% off and free shipping on any order that is over $50 using the promo code "valentine" on our website at www.nanascookiecompany.com.

References: www.heart.org, www.webmd.com, www.mayoclinic.com
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