Nirvana, enlightenment, Christ Consciousness, many words used to describe a state of higher consciousness a state of loving all. Becoming one with all, stepping beyond our own human limits and rising to our spiritual level which has no boundaries. Measly words created by man can barely describe that of which we know and understand, trying to use those same words to describe that of which exists only in faith, only within ones self can never convey it to a level of understanding that will come on an intellectual level. That however is where the fun begins.
It’s called the “veil”. Such as the bride who hides behind the veil to only be exposed at the time of unity – the uniting of two to become one. Same holds true with the “veil” that each of us live behind as a spiritual being living a human experience. The “veil” only to be dropped when we have reached the unity of oneness with our One Creator. When we reach the acceptance of Love, that it is not just what we do or how we feel, it is who we are. Love is all, it’s oneness; it is the very reason for our existence.
Spirituality has been described as that of which is revealed in the silence when looking within ones self to understand the true message given to mankind throughout the ages in sacred texts. Silence…., who hears anything in the silence, isn’t that in itself contradictory? Silence is defined as having no audible sound, to hear nothing according to the dictionary.
Therein lies the challenge, how does one find the silence within? There’s so much noise today, not just on the outside but within us. We worry about finances, love, family, health, politics, we worry about worrying. Our minds don’t stop long enough to hear silence, we are constantly thinking about whats next, family, friends, chores, trips, health and life. Most of us can’t even hear ourselves speak.
In Greek during biblical days, the word silence meant to keep peace. Therefore; when one keeps peace within themselves – within the silence, the truth is revealed. Much like the varying definitions of the word silence, each of us will also have varying definitions as it applies to us. Silence doesn’t always mean a clear, empty mind, sometimes it may just be observed as a peacefulness within. There is no right or wrong way to reflect upon ones own image, peeling back the layers of what we not only hide from others but hide from ourselves.
The search within is a catalyst for most, if not all along the spiritual path. Searching and listening for the silence, waiting for that noticeable change within. The change begins the minute we opt to pursue the path of spirituality, the minute our mind accepts things aren’t as they seem. We notice subtle changes in our thought process. However; for some this is the point that seems to lead to frustration, and for some a hesitation to continue along the path. A feeling of inferiority, a feeling of failure, these feelings are normal, they are a part of the path. That is the voice we hear in the silence, its not telling us to condemn and judge ourselves its showing us the areas we must focus on and bring into balance. We all struggle and stumble within the silence. Struggle to understand the message, and stumbling by judging our self. The silence can become stronger when we have no level of expectation, but simply an acceptance and love for our self. Loving and accepting of ones self is the ultimate catalyst for spiritual growth, without the love of our self how do we love our neighbors as our self?
This global pandemic or plandemic caused by COVID-19 has been a life transformation for millions of people in an unimaginable way. The changes have been taking place so rapidly that the majority of the world’s population was caught off guard and still trying to adapt and accept this new reality. Many are seeking the truth regardless of endless censoring with MSM and Social Media. As the plandemic is winding down and the truth being revealed, many are hoping it will soon end and life can get back to normal. Do we really want to go back to the way it was?
This global crises has reminded us that we are all fragile and susceptible to getting sick and even dying suddenly. For the first time, humanity stopped dead in it’s tracks due to a small virus, a microorganism that we cannot even see. It completely altered our routines and destroyed our future plans based on fear and the chance of death, which is less than one percent.
From birth, our minds have been plagued and even programmed by outside influences. These influences have shaped our reality regardless of how much we try to avoid it. Social influence takes a number of forms. Mainstream and social media, government officials, education systems, the medical community, religion and especially the pharmaceutical industry have been exposed for what they are. One type of such influence is conformity; when a person adopts the opinions or behaviors of others such as; to wear a mask or take or not take the vaccine and even the transgender discussion. One side pushes to change what the other side believes much like opposing forces, yin and yang.
These influences, bought and paid for by the Global Elites, have reached a new level by successfully planting and passing the perceptions and narratives as absolute truth; censoring different and opposing opinions. John Milton said in Areopagitica 1644 “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” The influencers are taking that away.
The influencers have divided and conquered by keeping the people separated and distracted. They continue the necessary illusions by keeping the masses fed on lies, half-truths and illusions which rationalize and support the global elite agenda. They have inserted the belief in the people that the ruling elite are great liberators from the killer virus and all it’s variants; our only salvation from certain doom is the new world order.
The elites’ goal is to keep the people weak, divided and preferably in debt, afraid, isolated, and demoralized. Their goal is to never let the people unite; and even more importantly, never let them realize their power.
Consider, we are in a psychological war, the spiritual battle for your heart, mind and soul; the greatest spiritual battle known to man. The metaphysical and and physicals worlds cannot be separated and we are part of it, each with free will to decide; freedom or slavery.
Our power is within each of us, but has been dormant. We have been influenced to believe we are from the the material world and not the metaphysical. Science now teaches how our thoughts, emotions and actions help create our reality. We have the divine gift of discernment, the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. In its broadest sense, discernment is closely related to wisdom as an expression of God. Discernment alone can bring about a sense of balance between the metaphysical and material worlds.
In my humble opinion, we are at a point in human history; united we stand for freedom, divided we fall in slavery. It is time for all people to unite regardless of diversity; any other form of unity will not last, but will collapse.
It is time to get the courage to confront them directly. Speak the truth and expose lies. It is true that the truth shall set you free. Cutting through lies and illusions is the central revolutionary task of liberation.
We can individually and also collectively, both materially and psychologically, uplift, inspire and empower the people. Above all, awaken people to their fundamental unity, and to their power.
There is a Universal Consciousness, an Infinite Intelligence available to all. When the power of the many is unleashed, there will be a liberation of the world that we have never seen. Our individual mind power is all that’s required to create and experience a kind and quality of life that we desire. The requirement is to become keenly and consciously aware of the Infinite Intelligence. Then make a conscious and intentional decision to discover how to utilize the limitless creative power that is available to you, me and everyone else on this planet in a way that harmonizes with whatever visions, hopes, dreams and desires you hold for yourself and our planet.
This is how to achieve a greater equality, justice, freedom and peace, in order to secure real freedom; and most urgently, to secure a viable future for humanity on this Earth. It is not only our but our duty.
Many people ask how we can cultivate a sense of gratitude and appreciation for life as part of our spiritual practice, that can contribute to greater peace and contentment. One method is to get up every morning and spend time in meditative prayer with compassion, gratitude and appreciation. Be thankful for being alive and being able to have this life experience. Spend time in nature as the native Americans did.
There is a Native American Prayer that helped me build on my spiritual practice that you might appreciate that goes like this.
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me, I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my Spirit may come to you without shame.
(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)
Perhaps it is time to discover the truth about ourselves by looking within through meditation, contemplation and prayer. Simply pick a time during your day to stop, be still and listen. Commitment and desire is best way for anyone to begin a meditation practice and open the gateway to the divine.
Meditation, with its countless benefits, is your tool to explore the Way and our ancient teachers provide guidance. Jesus said in the Dialogue of the Savior, left out of the Bible, “When I came among humanity, I opened the door to the Way. I showed you the path that you must follow. You will find it within yourselves.” Buddha said six hundred years earlier, “Before you set foot on the path, master yourself.” Krishna said, around 3500 BC, ” Those find the Way are those who have love and forgiveness in the hearts, and Lao Tzu said in 500 BC, “the Way is empty, the Way is full. There is no Way to describe what it is. Find it within yourselves.”
We all have a divine power within. It is up to each of us to look within, discover what we are, our purpose and where we are going. Our tool is meditation, contemplation, prayer and the desire to seek the truth.
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Create your own reality
You can change your reality by understanding how our thoughts, emotions and actions are creating our reality each minute, hour of everyday of our lives. We are energetic beings, receiving and sending positive and negative vibrations, each having their own resonance.
Your aura will depend on the positive or negative energy you generate through your thoughts, emotions and actions. Are your intentions loving and helpful or fear and greed?
It is interesting to note that aura is the human energy field that surrounds our entire body, for over a hundred years, adding to the knowledge our ancestors already possessed. This field consists of multiple bands of energy called auric layers or auric fields, that encompass the subtle body, connecting us to the outside world.
We should remember we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Religion is part of that experience providing rules, concepts, dogma and various other human concepts.
We all have free-will to chose our spiritual path, any religion or no religion. We are here to learn the ways of love and wisdom and to help others. Whatever helps you with that task is your decision.
One way that may help is meditation. The proper way to meditate is just start. Meditation is a natural relaxation state of the mind and the most important mental exercise to practice during our lifetime. Meditation is actually our natural state, but with all chaos in the world, makes it more difficult.
The best way to establish a regular meditation practice is just start. Mindfulness meditation can be practice all the time. Simply focuses on the current moment, not yesterday or tomorrow but the present moment, paying attention to what you are doing. Pay attention and be aware of your thoughts, emotions and actions in all aspect of your day. Our thoughts, emotions and action generate energy affecting us and those around us.
When your ready to develop to develop a regular meditation practice start with what works for you. Start with 5 to 20 minute sessions and do it consistently each day. Sitting in a chair or floor with good posture, close your eyes, take 5–10 slow deep breaths, following your breath. Your relaxing your mind so try not to think of anything. Just focus on a point in the front of eyes. You will find your thoughts drifting to problems just bring the focus back to the point in front of the eyes. The time you meditate is up to you.
According to Hindu Scripture, meditation has been practiced since 1500 BCE, starting as a religious practice. The practice spread to China and India around the fifth century BCE and other forms of Meditation developed in several, including Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
In the Bible, Psalm 1:1-2 says “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (2) but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
In Joshua 1: 8 states “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”
Buddha said “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”
Meditation is a wonderful way to learn to control that unruly mind that always seems to get us in trouble. Starting a practice and sticking to it requires dedication, but if you succeed, the rewards are great.
More and more studies have confirmed that turmeric can enhance immunity, and that it has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidative effects. (Shutterstock)
Both Asian and Western literature have found that turmeric has many benefits, including anti-inflammation, prevention of cardiovascular disease, prevention of dementia, prevention of cancer, anti-depression, improvement of skin quality, and the like. Especially during the pandemic, improving one’s immunity has become the main act to fend off COVID. Dr. Dawei Guo, a physician at the Fu Yuan Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic in Taiwan, shared how to enhance immunity by consuming turmeric, and the nine groups of people who need turmeric.
Both turmeric and ginger are medicinal and edible plants. How can we tell the difference between the two? First of all, ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. It is a commonly used condiment in the home. Apart from its favorite usage as a spice, it also removes fishy smells, as well as cold. It is a popular product for warming and nourishing the body. Turmeric is a plant belonging to the genus Curcuma longa of the Zingiberaceae family and is the raw material for curry. Turmeric is a natural antioxidant that helps eliminate free radicals in the body. Eating it in moderation has lots of health benefits.
Ginger has a spicy taste, and according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), when used as a medicine, it is useful in regulating the three meridians of the lung, spleen, and stomach. Turmeric is also spicy with a slightly bitter taste. It converges to the liver and spleen meridians. It is often prescribed in TCM to activate blood circulation, relieve pain, flush the meridians, and improve internal gas circulation. It is used against symptoms of pain in joints, in the hands, and during menstruation.
TCM discovered that the human body has a “meridian” system that is responsible for transporting “qi” and “blood” throughout the body. These are the basic substances that constitute the human body and maintain its physiological activities. Qi and blood circulate within the body to maintain the balance and stability of various tissues and organs. When there is an imbalance or deficiency of qi and blood in the body, disease or other complications may occur.
There are 12 main meridians in the human body corresponding to the 12 viscera, which circulate further to the hands, feet, head, and face. If any of the meridians are blocked, the movement of substances will be affected, and the “evil qi” or “disease qi” (various factors that cause diseases) will enter, resulting in all sorts of abnormalities in the body. When the meridian system returns to normal, the disease will eventually be cured.
Turmeric Can Boost Immunity and Improve COVID-19 Symptoms
So far, there are nearly 70,000 research reports on turmeric. A study published in a 2017 edition of the journal Foods confirmed that curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Another research paper published in the journal Nutrients in 2019 showed that curcumin has immunomodulatory effects that can help prevent cancer. Both curcuminoids and related turmeric products have been sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe.
From 2021 to 2022, many academic journals published research results on curcumin’s treatment for COVID-19. In clinical studies, it has been found that curcumin can effectively improve symptoms such as fever, cough, dyspnea, and muscle soreness in confirmed mild and severe patients after treatment with it. It can also maintain the patient’s blood oxygen concentration at a better level.
Curcumin treatment in pulmonary fibrosis cases also significantly reduced hospital stays for diagnosed patients. Related studies have also found that patients treated with curcumin had a lower mortality rate than those who did not use it at all. In addition, patients with taste and smell disorders due to a COVID-19 diagnosis also showed significant improvement in symptoms after treatment with turmeric. Therefore, many researchers suggest that curcumin can be included in the adjuvant treatment plan for diagnosed patients.
9 Types of People Best Suited for Turmeric Treatment
More and more studies have confirmed that turmeric can improve immunity and that it has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidative effects. Guo suggested that the following nine types of people are most in need of taking turmeric.
Students who stay up late to study
Office workers who work overtime and stay up late
People with chronic joint inflammation and pain
Those with high cholesterol, blood pressure, and/or blood sugar
People who dine out often
People who need to recover from a hangover
People who want to increase their metabolism rate
Those who are overweight
People with excessive body fat
6 Groups Who Should Avoid Taking Turmeric
Because turmeric has the effect of promoting blood circulation and stimulating gastric mucosal cells, these six groups of people with the following constitutions or situations are not suited to eating turmeric.
Patients with gastritis, gastric ulcer, and gastric acid reflux
Patients suffering from diseases such as hepatitis, diabetes, gallstones, abnormal biliary function, calcium oxalate stones, and unstable blood pressure
Menstruating women, or people who have undergone surgery
Those with blood coagulation disorders or taking anti-coagulant drugs
People with iron deficiency anemia
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Guo suggested that if you have one of these conditions, you must consult a doctor for advice, and you should not replace regular treatment with TCM remedies. If you are not sure about your body’s constitution, consult your doctor.
Turmeric has many benefits, but it should not be overused due to its level of cytotoxicity, despite the level being low. According to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, curcumin is best used as a food additive, and the daily acceptable intake of curcumin is a maximum of 3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.
How to Increase Curcumin Absorption
The turmeric powder you see in the supermarket is a product obtained by grinding turmeric into powder and then drying it. However, the real value of turmeric lies in the curcumin extracted from turmeric. In general, turmeric powder only contains about 2 percent to 5 percent curcumin, but is not easily absorbed by the body. Guo suggested the following methods to increase the absorption of curcumin.
Stir-fry with oil to extract its full nutrition. Curcumin and vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble, and frying with oil is conducive to the release of nutrients in turmeric.
Mix with milk and honey. Use 500 milliliters (17 fluid ounces) of whole milk as the base, 1.5 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 0.5 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 0.5 teaspoon of honey (or maple syrup), and a little black pepper, which can help with sleep and relieve stress.
Mix with salt and pepper, ginger, and rice. Combine a little turmeric powder, salt, black pepper granules, a little mushroom powder, and a little soy sauce. Mix all kinds of seasonings with rice, and it’s ready to serve.
Add piperine to increase the absorption of curcumin. Curcumin is fat-soluble and not easily absorbed by the human body. Take it together with fat or piperine to increase the absorption rate. Studies have found that the piperine in black pepper can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000 percent.
Many studies have pointed out that the final absorption rate of curcumin is quite low. Therefore, Guo suggested that it takes a long time and continuous intake of turmeric to achieve the necessary amount.
Guo emphasized that some people may not fall asleep if they eat turmeric before going to bed. He recommended eating it during the day when the body metabolizes faster.
4 Principles for Choosing Turmeric
How do you choose turmeric powder? Guo recommends the following selection criteria.
Commercially available products include turmeric powder capsules containing only 1 to 5 percent curcumin. You should choose products with more than 90 percent curcumin, and the content of curcumin should be at least 150 milligrams to have real anti-inflammatory and metabolism-promoting effects.
Find out whether there are research data to support its efficacy. There are many turmeric products on the market. Because curcumin doesn’t last long in the body, if you want to enhance its absorption, you should choose products with international labels, patents, safety inspections, international certification, clinical data, and the like, to ensure you’re getting genuine and effaceable curcumin.
Opt for curcumin over turmeric powder.
Since turmeric powder contains only about 2 to 5 percent curcuminoids, it is best to purchase products that contain the active curcumin ingredient.
Amber Yang worked as a marketing manager for natural skin care products for years and as a health and beauty reporter and editor for ten years. She is also the host and producer of the YouTube programs “Amber Running Green” and “Amber Health Interview.”
Moderate intake of saturated fat may not necessarily increase the risk of coronary heart disease. (Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock)
We have been led to believe that consuming saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, but is this really the case? There is another harmful fat hidden in many delicious foods, but it is usually overlooked.
Saturated Fat May Not Be the ‘Culprit’ of High Blood Lipids
Saturated fats from lard and coconut oil are believed to increase cholesterol levels, leading to cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, some guidelines recommend that people cut back on foods that contain saturated fat, such as red meat, cakes, and biscuits.
However, is saturated fat really bad for you?
Before diving into this, we need to understand some basics about cholesterol.
Cholesterol can be divided into high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol or good cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or bad cholesterol. The particle size of bad cholesterol can vary and can be divided into two types: small dense LDL (sdLDL) and large buoyant LDL (lbLDL).
Small dense LDL is the one that is harmful to the cardiovascular system and is more likely to cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
Small dense LDL is more likely to cause thrombus and atherosclerosis, as it stays in the body longer than large buoyant LDL and is more susceptible to oxidation. In addition, its small particle size makes it easier to penetrate blood vessel walls. The concentration of small dense LDL is a better predictor of cardiovascular disease than the total value of bad cholesterol. According to a study published in Clinical Biochemistry, numerous studies have shown that small dense LDL is strongly associated with raised triglycerides and decreased concentrations of good cholesterol.
While saturated fat intake increases both total and bad cholesterol, it is primarily large buoyant LDL that increases. In addition, a review article in the British Medical Journal pointed out that saturated fat can increase good cholesterol and may also reduce small dense LDL. Therefore, moderate intake of saturated fat may not necessarily increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Aeris Chen, a nutritionist with a doctorate in food science, said, “In fact, every oily food contains saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat; the difference is only in quantity.” She pointed out that saturated fat is neither bad nor good—it is just one type of fat found in food.
Vegetable Oils Are Not Necessarily Low in Saturated Fat
There is also a misconception about saturated fat—that is, it mainly exists in animal fats, while the saturated fat content in vegetable oils is relatively low. The truth is that some vegetable oils, such as coconut oil and palm oil, are surprisingly high in saturated fat.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, every 100 grams of coconut oil contains 82.5 grams of saturated fat, 6.31 grams of monounsaturated fat, and only 1.7 grams of polyunsaturated fat. Similarly, every 100 grams of palm oil contains up to 81.5 grams of saturated fat, 11.4 grams of monounsaturated fat, and only 1.6 grams of polyunsaturated fat.
On the other hand, fats from animal sources are not necessarily high in saturated fat. For example, every 100 grams of salted butter (nearly one stick) contains 45.6 grams of saturated fat, 16.9 grams of monounsaturated fat, and 2.52 grams of polyunsaturated fat.
The saturated fat in lard is even lower. For every 100 grams of lard, there are only 39.2 grams of saturated fat, 45.1 grams of monounsaturated fat (which is slightly high), and 11.2 grams of polyunsaturated fat.
Health Benefits of Animal Fats
Some animal fats offer great health benefits. For example, lard has been documented for medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine.
Yeh Ru-Duan, director of Jiapin Chinese Medicine Clinic in Taiwan, pointed out that lard is sweet and pungent, and slightly cold in nature. It has the effects of tonifying deficiency, nourishing the spleen and stomach, relieving constipation, and moisturizing the skin.
While all fats are “moistening,” different fats have different properties.
Due to the characteristics of lard, we do not have to worry about “heatiness,” inflammation, dry mouth, and other problems after eating it. In the past, people working in the agricultural field had physically demanding jobs and were prone to fat and protein deficiencies, so they tended to eat pork lard mixed with rice, which can provide sufficient fat and nourishment.
In contrast, beef is warm in nature but its fat has the same properties. The nature of mutton is drier and heaty, and its fat is sweet and warm. It is not suitable for people who are prone to dry mouth and tongue. Goose meat can trigger inflammation and skin allergies, so people with skin conditions are advised to avoid foods made with goose fat.
In recent years, people have often thought that animal fats are high in saturated fat and should be eaten less, but lard does not actually have the highest saturated fat content. Yeh pointed out, “Lard itself is not bad; the problem is the quantity.” The problem is that modern diets are full of saturated fat, such as all kinds of pastries, biscuits, fried foods, and desserts. Eating too much of these foods can lead to excess saturated fat, even if we choose not to eat lard.
Modern people consume too many calories and tend to have the three highs (blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars), so we should pay more attention to the amount of fats consumed. Yeh mentioned that the coconut oil used in the ketogenic diet and bulletproof coffee is very high in saturated fat. She has met many patients with poor metabolism and high blood lipids who did not understand the properties of coconut oil. Yet they drank a cup of bulletproof coffee every day, which can eventually lead to hyperlipidemia.
The Worst Type of Fat: Trans Fats
Fat is one of the three macronutrients in the human diet. Saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat can all be taken in moderation. However, there is one type of fat we should avoid: trans fat.
Like refined carbohydrates, trans fatty acids (trans fats) will also increase the level of small dense LDL in the body, according to a clinical trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
There are two main sources of trans fat in food: naturally occurring trans fat and artificial trans fat.
Naturally Occurring Trans Fat
Products from ruminants (cattle and sheep), such as milk, butter, cheese, and meat, may contain small amounts of naturally occurring trans fat. These trans fats, which are synthesized by the gastrointestinal bacteria of ruminants, generally do not cause adverse health effects.
Artificial Trans Fat
Hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oil to change its form from liquid to solid, which improves the stability of the oil and makes it more resistant to high temperatures. Such fats are found in some hydrogenated oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, etc.
Trans fat is metabolized very slowly in the human body. Among all fats, trans fat is the most harmful to human health. Regular intake of trans fats can lower good cholesterol and increase small dense LDL, thereby increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems. A 2021 review found that consuming 5 grams of trans fat per day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by 29 percent.
Although many countries have established regulations in recent years to reduce or ban trans fats, this type of fat can still be found in many fried, packaged, or processed foods. They are often “fragrant, flaky, and crispy,” which include fried foods and baked goods (cakes, pie crusts, biscuits), frozen pizza, margarine, and other spreads.
It should be noted that the firmer the plant-based margarine, the more trans fat it contains. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition trial, semiliquid margarine, soft margarine, and stick margarine contain about 0.6 percent, 9.4 percent, and 26.1 percent trans fat, respectively. If options are available, it is recommended to choose a softer form of plant-based margarine to reduce the trans fats intake.
Another way to avoid trans fats is to look at the ingredient list. Due to the different laws and regulations in various countries, it is more accurate to look at ingredient lists instead of the front of the packaging. For instance, some regulations stipulate that products with less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving can be labeled as “zero grams of trans fats.” It is recommended to avoid foods containing words like “hydrogenated,” “partially hydrogenated oil,” and “vegetable shortening.”