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Cipro (Ciprofloxacin)

Other names: Baycip -TZ
Food processing techniques have particularly hit the alpha-linolenic acid family. Unfortunately, because of its instability, food manufacturers usually try and stabilize it by hydrogenating it, which gives it a longer shelf life. But this leads to loss of its EFA activity.
It has been argued that the fall in intake of biologically active EFAs of the alpha-linolenic acid family has been one of the major changes in western nutrition in the last 50 years. Trans fatty acids also depress the formation of prostaglandins, which suggests that they have an effect not just at the first step in the metabolic pathway, but at later stages too.
Here is a table from the United States which shows the percentages of trans fatty acids in foodstuffs.
• Bakery products - up to 38.5%
• Sweets - up to 38.6%
• French fries - up to 37.4%
• Hard margarines - up to 36%
• Soft margarines - up to 21.3%
• Diet margarines - up to 17.9%
• Vegetable oils - up to 13.7%
• Vegetable oil cooking fats – up to 37.3%
The cockeyed thing is that when government and other bodies involved in the nation’s nutrition examine the amounts of lipids (fats) people are eating, they often lump together both trans and cis fatty acids, perhaps not being fully aware that trans fatty acids may as well not be counted for all the nutritional good they do. This means that the overall intake of real essential fatty acids is lower than we have been led to believe.
It’s interesting to ponder the fact that it’s only since the 1920s that significant amounts of trans fatty acids began to be added to the diet (though they have always existed in small amounts in dairy produce). People who are interested in the geographical distribution and the increase in diseases of western civilization might find this worthy of more research. Trans fatty acids are by no means the only blocking agents, but they are the ones which cause innocent eaters to fall into the trap of thinking they’re eating the right things when in fact they’re eating the wrong things.

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