Cakes, pies, cookies, biscuits and crackers
Most of these products are labeled as having “0 trans fats”, but they actually pack a lot of it. Store-bought desserts rely heavily on trans fats to provide their texture and enhanced flavor.
Some margarine manufacturers have completely removed trans fats from their products, but there are still brands that pack as much as 3 grams of trans fats per serving. Thread carefully.
Any frozen food can contain trans fats but this is especially true for frozen pizzas, which come with 1 gram of trans fats per slice.
Instead of buying the commercial microwavable version, which can have up to 5 grams of trans fats per serving, buy a bag of kernels and make your own popcorn the old school way.
Candy is an especially great source of trans fat and simple sugars, while providing zero nutritional benefits. Candies with creamy fillings are known to contain at least 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.
Almost all doughnuts contain deadly trans fats, and that amount increases in frosted or cream-filled varieties.
Fried fast foods
If you care about your health, avoid deep-fried foods at all costs. They are traditionally made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and this won’t change anytime soon.
The general rule is: whenever there is cream in a processed product, think trans fats and run in the opposite direction.
Although trans fats have been a major public health issue for a while now, studies show that most Americans still consume 1.3 grams of these dangerous artificial fats on a daily basis, despite knowing how bad they are for their health. The 2006 regulation policy that forced food manufacturers to include trans fat content information on labels has led to a significant reduction of trans fat consumption, but it still wasn’t enough to completely eliminate them from our diet, while research has found that even low consumption of trans fats has negative influence on our health.
Almost four decades after the dangers of trans fats have been brought to the public’s attention, they are finally being officially treated as the true poisons they really are. With the recent FDA decision, food manufacturers will have three years to reformulate the products they sell, but they will still have the option to petition the FDA and seek permission to use hydrogenated oils in their products.
We can expect this policy to make our food healthier or at least less harmful, but in the end, the food industry is a multi-billion business that will find holes in existing regulations and opt for cheaper ingredients and artificial additives anywhere it can, so we simply shouldn’t wait for an industry that will always strive to increase its profits to put our health first. It’s up to us as consumers to change our approach to food and make smarter choices about what we put in our bodies.