Why Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils are Bad for Your Health
Interview with Dr. Bruce Fife
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
January 20, 2009
Raena Morgan: Bruce, hydrogenated vegetable oils. What are the health effects of using them?
Dr. Bruce Fife: Well, the problem with these oils is that they’re manmade. They’re manufactured. They’re not natural. Therefore, when we eat them, the body really doesn’t know what to do with them. And it tries to put them where the fatty acids are supposed to go, but the body just doesn’t know how to handle it. And because of that, they mess up things. They mess up the workings of the body and cause lots of health problems. They promote diabetes and cancer, metabolic problems. So, they’re very bad fats. They’re artificial fats.
RM: They’re used across the board, aren’t they?
BF: Well, hydrogenated oils are used as a replacement for saturated fats because they have similar cooking, food preparation characteristics. So, you find them in all prepared foods in the grocery stores. But, again, they’re unhealthy and we shouldn’t be eating them.
RM: Wasn’t that the thing about margarine versus butter?
BF: Right. Originally, they used it to promote margarine, thinking it was produced from a vegetable oil, it must be healthier than butter. But now, after doing all this research, we find that it’s much more unhealthy than butter because of what it does to our bodies.
RM: So, our bodies cannot process it, in other words.
BF: Exactly right, yes.
RM: So, it’s artificial and it’s negative.
RM: All those tubs of margarine—just remember when the marketing went on for that—that it was like, stay away from that butter, eat this margarine.
BF: Correct. And we’ve been destroying our healthy by eating it.
RM: But we can get back on track.
BF: Yes. Definitely. With coconut oil and even regular butter is better than margarine.
RM: Okay, great. Thank you, Bruce.