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Re: Pickles for the heart.

Date: Wed Oct 13 16:04:11 1999
Posted By: Elizabeth Kunkel, Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Clemson University
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 939345058.Me

Unfortunately, lowering the levels of saturated fats in your body is not
as simple as eating acids.  Food processors saturate unsaturated fats by a
process called hydrogenation, which may by its name seem like it has 
something to do with the acidity/alkalinity of the fats, but it doesn't.  
The hydrogenation process simply refers to the addition of hydrogen to the 
double bonds of unsaturated fats.  We do this in order to make a liquid oil 
into a solid fat, as in making margarine or shortening.  Fatty acids are 
only very weak acids and that acidity is not at all related to their level 
of saturation or unsaturation.  So, neither eating acids nor
stomach acids will affect the saturation of fats.

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