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Top Ten Worst "Trans Fat" Foods

Top Ten Worst "Trans Fat" Foods

My quest against trans fat seems to be ongoing, so you can imagine my excitement when I found a list of the top ten worst trans fat foods from eDiets.

  1. Spreads. Margarine, for example, contains both trans fats and saturated fats, both of which can lead to heart disease. Other non-butter spreads and shortening also contain large amounts of trans fat and saturated fat.
  2. Packaged Foods. Favorites such as cake mixes and Bisquick generally have several grams of trans fat per serving.
  3. Soups. For example, Ramen noodles and soup cups contain very high levels of trans fat.
  4. Fast Food. Those beloved French fries and other crunchy foods are deep-fried in partially hydrogenated oil.
  5. Frozen Food. From frozen pies to pot pies to breaded fish sticks, frozen foods generally contain trans fat. Even if the label says the product is low-fat, it can contain trans fat.
  6. Baked Goods. Commercially baked products contain more trans fats than any other foods. Examples include doughnuts, cookies and cakes.
  7. Chips and Crackers. That crispy texture comes from shortening. Even reduced fat brands may contain trans fat.
  8. Breakfast Food. Cereals and energy bars often contain trans fats, even if the labels claim to be “healthy.”
  9. Cookies and Candy. Check the labels for the fat content. For example, a chocolate bar probably will contain more trans fat than gummy bears.
  10. Toppings and Dips. Flavored coffees, nondairy creamers, whipped toppings, gravy mixes and salad dressings typically contain trans fat.

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erinlisa77 erinlisa77 9 years
You say that ramen noodles contain high levels of trans fat but looking on the nutrition facts, it reads 0% ??
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
Thanks, Fit. I'll check that out =)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:rotfl: oh man this is depressing! :P but no, there are plenty of healthy food we can still eat looking on the bright side much?? :P :rotfl:
tracyb tracyb 10 years
This is a great post. I have never thought about top ramen containing so many trans fats. I know it has no nutritional value, but you can buy 10 for $1.
hysteria hysteria 10 years
Yeah, what's left to eat? This is nuts. I'll stick to having everything in moderation, and the good ol' gym.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Seriously. There goes my whole kitchen. I have nothing left eat but rabbit food!
Daylyn Daylyn 10 years
I just thought the same thing kendallina!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
OK so here we go on Lean Cuisines and trans fats (directly from their site): "All of our LEAN CUISINE products declare 0 trans fat per serving on the Nutrition Facts Panel. You'll also see a "0 g trans fat" statement on the front of the package, just above our " No Preservatives" flag. TFA's occur naturally in some ingredients, such as beef and dairy products, which we do use in LEAN CUISINE recipes. However LEAN CUISINE carefully balances these ingredients with vegetables and grains while using healthier fats such as canola or soy oil. We're succeeded in reducing or eliminating trans fat in our LEAN CUISINE products without increasing saturated fat. On a few packages, you may notice partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in the ingredient list but see 0 grams of trans fat on the Nutrition Facts panel. How is this possible? Food manufacturers are required to list amounts of trans fat at less than 0.5 gram (1/2gram) as 0 on the Nutrition panel." For further info visit Lean Cuisine Online.
kendallina kendallina 10 years
Wow, there goes my entire grocery list.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
Great post! I'm going to print this out as a reminder and share it with my friends. Question, though...Do Lean Cusines contain trans fats?
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
So you can eat what?? nothing... Celery?? yikes!
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
Thanks Fit :)
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Atomicsparkle, the FDA estimates that Americans eat between 5 and 6 grams of trans fat per day, and while the FDA has not yet determined how many grams of trans fat is too much, they recommend avoiding trans fat as much as possible.
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
Fit, how many grams of trans fat are you supposed to have a day? Because I know there are things on this list I will never be able to give up, but monitoring my intake would work. I know you posted a blog about it, I just can't find it! :)
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Hey jenbell368, I know the label is confusing when it comes to trans fat, but read this post that should clear it up for ya. Also, saturated fat and trans fat are different, but you are right that hydrogenated oils are trans fats.
jenbell368 jenbell368 10 years
if a product says "no trans fat" does that mean there really aren't any? If it says "no trans fat" but one of the listed ingredients is partially hydrogenated oil or it has saturated fat listed on the nutition lable is it just a gimick?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I think it would be safe to say that frozen veggies do not have trans fat, unless they are frozen fried veggies. Vegetables, by nature, do not have trans fat. The FDA has done numerous studies showing that frozen food is just as nutritious as it's unfrozen counterparts. To learn more, read this post.
RockinHeartJD RockinHeartJD 10 years
that's a good question, rookie. i am wondering the same thing. this post really makes me wonder about trans fat.... will they ever put that on the nutritional facts??
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
great post!
rookie rookie 10 years
What about frozen veggies? I believe they are no less nutritious than fresh veggies, but I always feel that fresh tastes so much better. But it's also so much more work to clean and chop! Do you know if any nutrients are lost in the freezing/preservation process?
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