The Truth About Trans Fats


There are different kinds of fats in different kinds of foods. You have probably heard people discuss “good” fats and “bad” fats, healthy fats, omega 3s, saturated fats, etc. There is a lot to keep track of! And when it comes to health and wellness, it is important to emphasize long term goals, eating for fuel, and finding moderation. Here we will discuss some foods that are high in trans fats, which tend to raise bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol, and increase inflammation in the body. Eating these foods sparingly, and replacing them with snacks like almonds, low fat yogurt, and fruit, can make a difference in your wellness journey.

Microwave Popcorn

Butter flavored microwaveable popcorn is one of the worst offenders for trans fats. Some varieties can contain up to 15 grams per bag, which can be damaging to heart health in the long run. However, popcorn itself is a healthy snack as it provides whole grains and is low in calories. So opt for plain versions without the heavy-handed butter flavor.

Creamy Frozen Beverages

These popular choices, made with ice cream, whole fat milk, and whatever else you like added in (think cookie crumbles, chocolate chips, and whipped cream) can pack quite a trans fat punch. Even plain old milkshakes contain trans fats. In this case, if you have the option to go for a frozen yogurt treat, do so. Most frozen yogurt, while still relatively high in sugar content, can be low fat.

Processed Meat Sticks

You know what we are talking about here. You see them at the gas station, at the grocery store checkout, and in vending machines everywhere. But these meat sticks, while surprisingly popular, are also surprisingly high in trans fat. In addition, they contain lots of sodium, so those with heart issues should stay away. For more quality sources of protein, look to natural meats, nuts, lentils, and wild caught fish.

Anything With Hydrogenated Oils

If you are one to read the ingredients list on your foods, then start searching for hydrogenated oils. These bring a lot of trans fat to the table, and unfortunately they are added to many popular food items. Fried foods are often fried using hydrogenated oils, so ask the restaurant you are dining at what they cook with.  Some pies and pie crusts utilize hydrogenated oils, as do other baked goods like biscuits. Pudding, ice cream, and milk chocolate are others to check out too.

When it comes to trans fats, many restaurants and food companies are beginning to outlaw the use of hydrogenated oils in their products. But as this transition continues, it can benefit your health to be in the know, check out the ingredients, and ask questions.


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Story Credit: The 22 Worst Foods for Trans Fat by Amanda MacMillan

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