Monthly archive for April 2002

April 2002

Back in the mid-1990’s, most Americans became aware of trans fats. Reports began to surface that margarine, often touted as healthy, contains these sinister fats and might not be preferable to butter after all. Manufacturers partially hydrogenate-that is, add hydrogen to-corn, soybean, and other highly unsaturated oils to make them more solid and stable. The result: some of the polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids in the oils become more saturated. Hydrogenation gives margarines, shortening, and puddings a creamy consistency, and prolongs the shelf life of crackers, cakes, cookies, chips, popcorn, chocolate candy, and other foods that contain the semi-solid oils. Because they are less likely to turn rancid, hydrogenated oils are also greatly used in restaurants. As First Place members, we have protected ourselves to a point, by eliminating many of these food choices listed above from our daily consumption. Understanding trans fats can help us make better choices when

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April 2002

This week’s First Place Bible study (week 8 of Giving Christ First Place) has really inspired me in a different way. Until now, my interest in First Place has been a little on the selfish side. I was doing this because I wanted to be thin and I wanted to feel better. But, I’m beginning to realize that the real motivation should be that God’s temple is in ruins and I need to rebuild it. It’s similar to the way I felt when we were remodeling our church. It was almost depressing to know that God’s Sanctuary was being torn down. The only thing that made things better was that we were working on it, and through our persistence and determination we would eventually have a better sanctuary. That’s what we are doing in First Place. We are determined to rebuild our temples and make them a better place for

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