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Soybeans Oil Partially Hydrogenated
Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil by itself is the 19% of oil extracted from the soybean. Partially hydrogenated is when hydrogen gas is pumped into the oil to fill in the unsaturated fat (“good fats�) bonds. However, through partial hydrogenation, the soybean oil takes a stiffer texture and the natural omega-3 fatty acids levels seen in natural soybean oil are lowered. This version of oil is therefore unhealthier to the consumer because of its unnatural use of hydrogenation which forms trans-fats that the body cannot breakdown. Trans-fats are solid fats produced from oil by unnatural methods and interfere with metabolic processes such as increasing LDL or “bad cholesterol.� Partially hydrogenated oils have a tendency to be used by food companies because of its cheapness, stability, improved texture, and ability to oxidize to provide a longer shelf life. People who are allergic to soy must be careful when reading the food labels for soybean oil. Consumption of soybean oil by those who are allergic to it can lead to discomfort or a more harmful reaction if not aware. Many of the essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and other positive components of the oil are lost through this process. Armstrong, Eric. "Partially Hydrogenated Oils." TreeLight. 2010. Web. 16 May 2011. . Jason. "Do You Know Why Is Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil an Allergen? | Allergy Relief." Allergy Relief - Allergy Symptoms And Allergic Reactions. 7 Feb. 2011. Web. 16 May 2011. . "Soybean Oil A Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Low-Linolenic Soybean Oil - United Soybean Board." Soy Health & Nutrition, Soy Foods Recipes, Soy Milk & Soya Bean Research - United Soybean Board. Web. 16 May 2011. .