"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Where the worst sort of fat is hidden in supermarket foods.

Trans fats are undoubtedly bad for health, and so they are still present in lots of foods.

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About trans fats

Still there's danger.

Meanwhile, food manufacturers are allowed to make use of partially hydrogenated oils of their products, and so are restaurants. And if you happen to're not good at reading Nutrition Facts labels, it's possible you'll not have the ability to detect trans fats in your food. “The FDA doesn't require trans fat to be listed unless there's half a gram or more per serving,” McManus explains, so a label can show zero grams of trans fat, even when one serving incorporates About half a gram.

Are small amounts of trans fat dangerous? “It adds up, especially if you eat several foods with trans fats every day,” McManus says. Based on FDA estimates, CDC researchers report that eliminating trans fat from the weight loss plan could prevent 10,000 to twenty,000 heart attacks and three,000 to 7,000 deaths from heart disease annually. .

Be a spy.

What about other fats?

All fats are high in calories (nine calories per gram of fat, versus 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate, for instance). A high-calorie weight loss plan can result in weight gain, which may result in chronic health problems.

Excess saturated fats (comparable to those present in whole milk, butter and pork) can raise “bad” LDL cholesterol and result in heart disease. Limit saturated fat to lower than 7% of your total day by day calories or lower than 12 grams in a 1,500-calorie weight loss plan.

Some fats, inside calorie limits, are good for you. Such “good” fats include monounsaturated fats (comparable to olive and canola oils, most nuts, peanut butter, and avocados) and polyunsaturated fats (eg, salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and safflower). (in oil) are included. Both are related to lower LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol when replacing saturated fats.

Surprising sources of trans fat that list 0 grams on the Nutrition Facts label.

Product type


Identification of ingredients

Frozen fish fillets

Seafood Potato-crusted cod

Partially hydrogenated soybean oil

Coffee drink mix

Hills Brothers Double Mocha Cappuccino

Partially hydrogenated coconut oil

Breakfast cereal

Kellogg's Applejacks

Partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil

Seasoned breadcrumbs


One or more partially hydrogenated oils (soybean, cottonseed, corn, canola)