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Is Trans Fat Sneaking Into Your Diet?

Sneaky trans fat. You could be consuming it without even knowing that it's lurking in your food choices. We can do our best to keep an eye on products that likely contain trans fat, like cake mixes, chips and crackers, fast food, and packaged cookies and candy, but the printed nutritional data doesn't always tell the whole story.

When a package pronounces that something is trans-fat-free, it does not mean there's zero trans fat — it means the product contains less than .5 grams per serving. Because these are the sneaky facts, it's important to look beneath the nutritional data to the list of ingredients. You can assume that food contains trans fat if the ingredients include any of the following: shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, or hydrogenated vegetable oil. Be mindful of how much you're eating of foods containing these ingredients, because those smaller amounts of trans fat can add up.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see this is what complicated things more and more when you're trying to be mindful of what you're eating. you think that if you pick out the well known buzz words for what you should or shouldn't eat, that you'll be ok, but then things like this happen and you don't realize that you're possibly taking in more products that are higher in trans-fat. it's almost like a no-win situation.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I love biscuits but most ready made mixes have transfat (or hydrogenated oils). I think I'll stick to making my own with lard and butter like they used to be made before people bagan to fear lard.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Dang I want a twinkie post-surgery craving
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
People should check labels anyways!
kristints kristints 8 years
It's not sneaking anywhere near my diet! I always read the ingredients, no hydrogenated anything for me.
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