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Today at 3 p.m., Linda Brown-Price, Kenton county family and consumer sciences agent, teaches a special program, “Let the Consumer Beware!” at the Carroll County Extension office.
Con-sumer fraud, an age-old problem, has become more sophisticated with the expansion of the internet and direct-marketing techniques.
The old adage still holds true: “If anything sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.” While many types of fraud continue to exist, “Let the Consumer Beware! In Tough Economic Times” focuses on a few general areas that consumers should consider carefully and others that are especially important.
The presentation will help interested consumers learn the telltale signs of fraud and protect themselves appropriately. There is no charge. Extension Homemaker members: This is the March “Learn with Us! lesson.
It’s Sew Fine Expo
The sixth annual “It’s Sew Fine” Sewing Expo will be held Tuesday April 17 and Wednesday, April 18 at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton.
There is still room in many classes for anyone wishing to attend. Guest instructors from five states and Kentucky will teach classes
A special banquet will be held Tuesday evening with keynote speaker, Gail Yellen of Glastonbury, Conn., highlighting her unique techniques of garment embellishment. There is a conference registration fee with separate costs for each class. Call or stop by the Carroll County Extension office at (502) 732-7030 for registration packet.
Shedding light on trans fat
What is trans fat?
Trans fats are found naturally in certain foods, such as meat and whole milk. They are also produced by heating liquid vegetable oil with hydrogen gas under pressure to make a more solid product that is more stable and can withstand high temperatures.
Why all the concern?
Eating foods containing trans fat raises the level of “bad” cholesterol in your body and increases risk for a heart attack. Trans fat also lowers the level of “good” cholesterol in the body. Keep your intake of trans fat as low as possible.
What foods contain trans fat?
Trans fats are found in commercially prepared cookies, crackers, snack foods, prepared desserts, baked goods, fried foods and most margarines.
For clues that products contain trans fats, look for terms such as “partially hydrogenated vegetables oils” and “vegetable shortening.”
There are a variety of ways to limit trans fat.
• Use vegetable oils such as safflower, peanut, corn, soybean, olive and canola. These oils are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, low in saturated fats and do not contain cholesterol.
• Limit the use of solid margarines. Choose soft spread margarines. These products generally contain no trans fat. When purchasing margarine and other fats, read the food label to see if the product contains trans fat.
• Limit high fat commercial baked goods – donuts, muffins, cookies, cakes, microwave popcorn and pies. The majority of trans fat in the diet comes from these foods. The trans fat in these foods comes from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil used during preparation to increase their shelf life.
• Decrease the amount of fast foods your child eats. When you have to eat fast food, choose healthier options, for example, a salad instead of the French fries, low-fat milk instead of soda, fruit instead of a cookie and an order of small fries instead of large fries.
• Include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, eggs, beans and peas and nuts and seeds in your diet and that of your child.
• Prepare more meals at home. When meals are prepared at home parents have control over the ingredients added.
Dates of interest
March 21: Learn with Us, “Let the Consumer Beware.” 3 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office
March 22: Knitting Group, 6-8 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.
March 27: Micro-Processing Training, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Required for producers to sell processed food at local farmers markets, other sites. $50 for class. Call Carroll County Extension office for information.
April 3 or 4: Quilts for Kids. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning quilting classes for adults and youth, Carroll County Extension office.
April 4: Senior Event Planning Meeting, 1:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office All interested in working on the planning team invited.
April 17: Basket of the Month, 6 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office, pre-registration required.
April 17-18: It’s Sew Fine” Sewing Expo, General Butler State Resort Park, pre-registration required.
Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to email@example.com.