What is hydrogenated soybean oil?

A bad processed fat. Soybean oil that is hydrogenated is a cheap fat that is often used in processed foods. It is a "highly saturated" fat, which, along with trans fats, are leading culprit in the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease. We all must avoid these oils and use fats such as omega-3 oils found in fish, or olive oil--which has recently been shown to prolong life as part of the mediterranean diet.

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What is "partially hydrogenated soybean oil"?

Hydrogenation. Soybean oil is too unstable to be used in manufacturing, so companies "hydrogenate" it [forcing hydrogen gas into it at high pressure) to extend its shelf life. Voila -- partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Unfortunately this process also makes trans fats -- not good for your heart or blood vessels. Partially hydrogenated anything will contain trans fats. http://tinyurl.com/avt7hol. Read more...