A Helpful Guide to Avoid Popular Food Products That Still Contain Trans Fats

October 22, 2014 7:35 PM

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A Helpful Guide to Avoid Popular Food Products That Still Contain Trans Fats

Unfortunately, around one out of every 10 packaged food items still contain some form of trans fats. Food companies make them by adding hydrogen to a vegetable oil to saturate the fatty acids either partially or fully. Food companies are not doing this process because they are evil; they use trans fats to extend shelf life, save money, and improve texture. Ruminant animals like cattle and sheep also produce naturally-occurring trans fats that are found in their meat or milk. This source of trans fats has not been shown to have the same detrimental health impacts as industrial-produced trans fats.

Back in 2006, The FDA started to label trans fats, thanks in part to organizations like CSPI. Regrettably, there was a loophole that allowed any company to market a food product that had less than .5 grams of trans fat as trans fat-free.

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