You would think that 7 years after trans fat labeling became mandatory, no products manufacturer would dare use partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) in their products anymore. According to the FDA, there has been a steep decrease in trans-fats across all food categories.
There is still a loophole of products that contain a small amount of artificial trans-fats (less than half a gram per serving) that label as zero, but overall the situation has improved.
That why we were utterly shocked to discover a “healthy” popcorn snack with no less than 6 (SIX!!!) grams of trans-fat: Meijer’s Kettle Popcorn
- High cholesterol levels (LDL – bad cholesterol) and low cholesterol levels (HDL – good cholesterol)
- Heart disease
- Liver Disease
Who are the immediate suspects when it comes to trans-fats:
How can I avoid artificial trans fats?
- Check the label or use the Fooducate app.
- Don’t assume that when a label says 0 trans fats that it doesn’t have trans fats – manufacturers can include up to 0.5 grams of trans fats and NOT put it on the label.
- Avoid processed foods as much as possible.
- Learn how to make your own mixes for baking. It will save you money and ensure you avoid controversial ingredients.