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Trans Fat Keeps Getting Worse and Worse...

As if trans fat are not bad enough for you, new research out of the Harvard School of Public Health has upped the stakes at how bad it really is.

Women who eat diets rich in trans fats (3.6 grams or more per day) have three times the risk of heart disease as those who don't (2.5 grams or less per day). While research had already proven trans fat is a major contributor to heart disease, the Harvard study includes an objective measure of trans fat intake (trans fat levels in red blood cells) rather than just relying on dietary information reported from participants.

As a reference point, a small order of McDonald's fries has 3.5 grams of trans fat, as does a Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell.

To ensure you're not getting a load of trans fat in your diet, check labels and look for 0 grams of trans fat AND make sure there is no hydrogenated oils listed in the ingredients.

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JKe895 JKe895 10 years
This makes me happy that I don't eat fast food. Again, it disgusts me what people will put into their bodies sometimes.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I was shocked to find out that even my frozen french fries have trans fat (and the previously mentioned pop-tarts and eggo's) when will the madness end?? Geez, it's like you can't even eat junk food anymore without it being bad for you. ;)
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
sick!!! this is why i dont eat fast food anymore except subway. if i need a french fry i make my own at home in the oven. the extra 15 minutes it takes is worth the peace of mind i get.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
No more french fries for me! Yikes.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
What the F is a Mexican Pie?
italygal italygal 10 years
oh crap i was just thinking i needed some fries and the filet-o-fish from mickey d's....oh but i'm in NY! has that trans thing happened yet? i think i might not care and go anyway because its the only thing that helps when i'm hungover.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
oh man, could McDonalds get any WORSE for you? McDonald's should get rid of trans-fat across the board, not just in NY.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
NO KIDDING! So there's a number now, huh? I don't remember the number for sure, but I think you'd be going over it if you had BOTH Pop-Tarts out of the wrapper. (You know how they count 1 as a serving, but you open a package of 2?? argh!) Anyway, now I have a number to try to stay under.
llendril llendril 10 years
this article makes me shudder to think of how many mcdonald's fries i have eaten in my life . . . good thing i just about gave up that type of 'fast food' over a year ago.
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