Don't Sweat the PHOs (Sorry Fabio)


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  • Author: The MenuSano Team
  • Published: 2/17/2017 2:24:30 PM

Health Canada has quietly published its plan to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from Canada's food supply.

PHOs are now on Part 1 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods. This means the sale of any food containing PHOs would be prohibited under the Food and Drug Act.

It is likely that the ban will take effect next summer. The government is allowing for comments until June 21 and a transition period of a year.

Heath Canada Bans PHOs

How MenuSano Can Help

Changing any ingredient in a recipe means the nutrition facts will change. With MenuSano, simply log into your account and swap out any PHO ingredients for a non PHO one. If you're not happy with the calorie count, or any other nutritional outcome, experiment on the spot with different ingredients and quantities to get a more desirable outcome. With a click of a button, your nutritional analysis is updated. No need to resend your dishes to a lab.

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Trans Fat Free Oils

Consider using these 10 healthy cooking oils as a substitution:

  1. Hazelnut Oil
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Flaxseed Oil
  4. Avocado Oil
  5. Almond Oil
  6. Canola Oil
  7. Apricot Oil
  8. Sunflower Oil (mid-oleic only)
  9. Pistachio Oil
  10. Peanut Oil

If you're concerned about GMO, it's likely that corn, soy, and canola oils are genetically-modified. There are non-GMO, organic kinds of these oils available, just make sure to check the label.

Extra notes: Choose sunflower oil or canola oil if you wish to fry foods, as these oils have a higher smoke point. It is best not to fry with extra-virgin olive oil, as its smoke point is only about 190C/375F.

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