Trans Fats Exposed!

Trans fats are evil. We know that. While there is controversy over saturated fats and cholesterol, we know that trans fats are harmful to our health. Now you, like many other Americans, may be operating under the impression that there are not really any trans fats left in our food… well sorry you are wrong! The real kicker is that if there are 0.5 grams or less of trans fat per serving, the manufacturer can round down to 0 grams of trans fat. That is not fair! So beyond checking the food labels for grams of trans fats, we all need to be reading ingredient lists for these words: “PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OIL”. Let me repeat, “partially hydrogenated oils” are trans fats. Trans fats lead to heart disease, they reduce your healthy cholesterol (the HDL) and increase your LDL. Put back any package that contains PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS as part of the ingredient list. Check out these packaged foods that contain trans fats:

Not too big of a surprise...

Not too big of a surprise…

This common meal "helper" is more of a "hurter"

This common meal “helper” is more of a “hurter”

Look for peanut butter made from just peanuts!!

Look for peanut butter made from just peanuts!!

Processed snacks...

Processed snacks…

Even new products!

Even new products!

I know it is sad...

I know it is sad…

What are you putting in your coffee every morning?

What are you putting in your coffee every morning?

Fake peanut butter almost always has trans fats!

Fake peanut butter almost always has trans fats!

baked goods...

baked goods…

Used to be a favorite of mine... a long time ago!

Used to be a favorite of mine… a long time ago!

Be sure to check margarine and butter substitutes!

Be sure to check margarine and butter substitutes!

About that cookie dough habit...

About that cookie dough habit…

These really need to be just a special treat.

These really need to be just a special treat.

One of Wes' old go-to meals

One of Wes’ old go-to meals

Advertises zero grams... not!

Advertises zero grams… not!

How to avoid trans fats you ask? Eat foods from nature! Trans fats are created by man and not naturally found in our foods. Decrease the amount of processed and packaged foods and snacks that you buy and focus on the produce section instead. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket where you will find the fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and dairy. Take the time to read food labels when shopping and don’t bring any trans fats home.