In November, the FDA called out partially hydrogenated oils, the major trans fat in processed foods. These semisolid oils, which give food texture and extend shelf life, lurk in many doughnuts, cakes, cookies, and pies. They can also be found in snack foods like microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, and premade dough.
The FDA should be making its final ruling on the ban in early 2014. If banned, the oils would be phased out of the food supply over several years. Health officials say cutting trans fats could prevent 20,000 cases of heart disease and up to 7,000 deaths a year.
If you want to cut them from your diet now, read the ingredients list and put back anything that includes “partially hydrogenated” oil.