Recently, it has been reported in the media that creamer contains fat powder, and the fat powder contains trans fatty acids, which can induce asthma, type 2 diabetes, allergic diseases and cardiovascular diseases. It also has adverse effects on fetuses and adolescents and may cause cancer.
Of course, if you don’t often drink milk tea and make milk tea, you will have corresponding questions: what is cream? How many trans fatty acids are there in vegetable fat powder? Can cream still be eaten?
Creamer is not equal to trans fatty acid. In fact, milk essence is a kind of substance instead of milk. Its main component is fat powder. Vegetable fat powder, also known as creamer and powdered fat, was first used in coffee companion. It is a kind of cream powder instead of milk added when making coffee. Its main components are vegetable fat, corn syrup and vegetable protein.
When we talk about the end of vegetable fat, we will associate it with trans fatty acid, and even equate it with trans fatty acid. In fact, it is not the same as trans fatty acids.
The raw material of vegetable fat powder contains hydrogenated vegetable oil. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is made from vegetable oil through hydrogenation process, which is commonly referred to as “hydrogenation”. Hydrogenation of vegetable oil is an operation to improve food processing performance by hydrogenation on unsaturated bond to increase the melting point of oil.
The crisp effect of liquid vegetable oil is not good, but after hydrogenation, it is semi-solid at room temperature, which can meet the process and taste requirements. In addition, the chemical properties of hydrogenated vegetable oil are relatively stable, which can extend the shelf life, and the cost is lower than animal fats such as natural cream. Therefore, it is widely used in food industry.
It has been repeatedly emphasized in media reports that milk essence contains anti fat and is harmful to health. However, milk essence is not the only source of trans fatty acids. Trans fatty acids also exist in natural foods. The main sources of trans fatty acids in food are processed foods, such as incomplete hydrogenated vegetable oil, vegetable oil refining process, high temperature and long-time cooking. In addition to processed foods, trans fatty acids are also present in “natural foods”.
It is unrealistic and unnecessary to blindly pursue “zero intake” of trans fat. As for milk powder can eat? In fact, we are mainly worried about whether trans fatty acids (TFA) will exceed the standard. According to the survey data, most people don’t eat much trans fatty acids. The intake level of trans fatty acids is not very high, but it is necessary to control the trans fatty acids in the diet consciously.
Therefore, when purchasing packaged food, if the ingredients listed above are included in the ingredient list, they should pay more attention to the nutrition list on the label, and they can choose the food without trans fatty acid or with low content of trans fatty acid. As long as the daily intake is controlled and normal diet and healthy diet are controlled, we don’t need to worry about health problems.