Trans fats: What’s the big deal about taking them out of food?
Trans fats are thought to be one of the worst fats you can eat. Trans fats are bad for your cholesterol. Trans fats raise both your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol! A combination of high LDL and a low HDL puts you at increased risk for heart disease. Recent research also suggests that men who eat trans fats, even men less than 45 years, can have memory problems.
How do you know if you are eating trans fats?
1) Read on a food label under the Fat content per serving. The label should read 0% trans fat. However, the serving may contain less than 0.5gms of trans fat and be labeled 0%. So, read on:
2) Check the food’s ingredient list for partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. If partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is used in the product, you are buying trans fat, even if the food label shows 0% trans fat.
Products that may contain trans fat include:
1. Baked goods including most cakes, cookies, and crackers, and ready-made icing.
2. Snacks including potato, corn, and tortilla chips and some popcorn.
3. Fried foods such as french fries, doughnuts, and fried chicken; including some foods from fast food restaurants.
4. Refrigerator dough such as canned biscuits, cinnamon rolls, frozen pizza crusts.
5. Creamers and margarine including nondairy coffee creamer and stick margarines.
When spending your hard earned money, avoid buying food that will make you develop high cholesterol and a life threatening heart condition.
Read the labels: NO trans fats and NO partially hydrogenated vegetable oil!
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