Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing a video posted by HealthRanger7 on The Dangers of Trans Fats, Hydrogenated Oils & Trans Fatty Acids. This is one of the most interesting topics in Biochemistry because we all consume trans fats. But why is it that we continuously eat something that is so bad for us? Maybe because we are unaware of its consequences? Maybe because we turn a blind eye to the consequences? Whatever this may be, my review might make your opinion on trans fats more clear and defined. Thanks again for viewing my blog & posts. Enjoy!
This 9 minute 47 second video published by HealthRanger7 did not focus on anything in particular when it came to the topic but instead the video was explicitly detailed about all areas that fall under this topic. The video also used various styles to intrigue to the viewer such as animations, real life press interviews, news reports, statistics, images, worded information as well as opinions of scientists and others in the medical industry. Because most people do not want to believe the terrible effects of trans fats I thought that it was very clever for the video to incorporate so many modes of communication to keep the viewer interested. After viewing this video I was able to get a better understanding of trans fats so in my view the video was very effective and totally worthwhile to watch.
I would first like to discuss the weakness of this video which was not much but they ought to be mentioned for my review not to be bias and solely truthful. I did not appreciate the sound and video quality. It was very poor. Even at the highest volume of my speakers the sound was not very clear and still relatively low, and with respect to the video, it was a pixilated at times especially when the press interview clips were inserted. This was a distraction to the video and made it a bit difficult to understand at times. I also thought that the video should have incorporated more detailed information about the effects of consumption of trans fats. Other than that I enjoyed the video and learnt a lot.
With respect to the strengths, firstly I really appreciated the uses of different modes of communication in the video as well as the insertion of various press and interview clips. This gave the video points for visual appeal and it definitely kept me interested. Sometimes when you hear something, you pay more attention to it when it is said by a medical or professional in the field, that’s why I thought the use of various professional opinions were a great touch in the video. I was able to take notes whilst going along, and what was being said was easy for the normal man on the street to understand. This is a plus, because informative videos are to be at a level for every person that watches it understand regardless of their educational background and I think other viewers would agree with me on this point.
Now you make ask, well after ranting so much on this video what did you learn? I learnt that artificial trans fats can be formed when oil goes through a process of hydrogenation which causes the oil to harden and increases the shelf life as well as taste of the food product. These artificial trans fats are used in processed, fried foods and baked goods. BAKED GOODS? Yes! Baked Goods! I was really surprised when I read that because I love my cookies and cupcakes and all of that good stuff. I also learnt that artificial trans fats lowers your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and raises your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Consuming a diet high in trans fats can lead to high cholesterol levels in the blood which new research shows can lead to health conditions such as heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. By 2008 in New York City it became a law that eateries had to remove artificial trans fats from their cooking on a whole. What was really awakening was that people died from too much consumption of trans fats annually. I was really shocked when I read this. Recently companies were told that they had to label the grams of trans fats on their packaging so people would know what they are eating. I also leant that companies only had to label the grams of trans fats when it was over 0.5g, so if you see 0g of trans fats that does not necessarily mean that there is no trans fats present. The best advice is to stay away from these products on a whole.I think by editing the sound and visual quality of the video would be a major improvement. I learnt so many new facts that I never knew and I really enjoyed watching this video.
In conclusion, I must say that this video served its purpose in awakening me to the consequences of trans fats and was very informative and enjoyable to watch.