Healthy Living Tip: Avoid Foods Containing Trans Fat

June 18, 2018

Did You Know?

Trans fat, the worst type of fat for your body, is vegetable fat that has been chemically altered by way of hydrogenation. This process turns healthy fat, such as corn or soy bean oil, into solid, unhealthy fat. The effects of consuming food containing trans fat is linked with increased LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, decreased HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels and increased triglyceride levels.

To limit trans fat intake, opt for reduced-fat or fat-free varieties of your favorite foods, but only if high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils or other unhealthy ingredients have not been added in place of unhealthy fat.

Here are the top 10 most likely places where you will find trans fat:

  1. Margarine: Select brands with no hydrogenated oil and the least amount of both trans and saturated fat.
  2. Soup: Avoid dried and canned liquid soups.
  3. Packaged foods: Bake homemade goodies so you do not consume the added fat.
  4. Fast foods: Anything that is deep-fried contains a lot of trans and saturated fats.
  5. Frozen foods: Be sure to read labels on frozen foods.
  6. Baked goods: Bake your own goodies instead of opting for ready-made ones.
  7. Candy: Instead of chocolate, choose jellybeans or licorice.
  8. Potato chips and crackers: Select baked or whole grain varieties.
  9. Breakfast foods: Choose whole grain versions of your favorite breakfast foods.
  10. Toppings: Avoid salad dressing, gravy, mayonnaise, whipped topping, non-dairy creamers and hot fudge.

Healthy Hints

Three grams of trans fat per day doubles your risk of heart disease, so try to avoid foods containing this unhealthy form of fat when possible.

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