A Popcorn Trans-Fat Trap

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

A quick reminder: Trans fats are linked to:

  • High cholesterol levels (LDL – bad cholesterol) and low cholesterol levels (HDL – good cholesterol)
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Liver Disease
  • Infertility
  • Alzheimer’s

Who are the immediate suspects when it comes to trans-fats:

Products such as flavored popcorn, icing, cake mix, pies, pancake mix, rolls, pan-baked bread products, cookies, cookie mix and more are still being produced with 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.
  • http://www.facebook.com/BRINAMARCY Brina Greis

    thx for the tip!

  • Yaron Cohen

    Oh My GOD!

  • EVIL food scientist

    Buy a hand cranked popper. You get FAR better quality popped corn, it’s cheaper over time (my popper is 20+ years old and gets weekly use) and you can control the amount of fat used.
    Go Team Whirly-Pop!