Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Survey Shows 73% Know Trans Fats Are Bad, but Just 21% Can Name 3 Trans Fat Foods

Feb. 9, 2009 -- Yes, you know trans fat is bad for you. But it's a good bet that knowledge isn't doing you much good.

About four out of five Americans know trans fats are bad for health. But only one in five can name three foods high in trans fat, find University of Colorado researcher Robert H. Eckel, MD, and colleagues.

"The trans fat message is pretty well out there, but we need to wake up to the fact that the trans fats intake pattern for America and the Western world is still too high," Eckel tells WebMD. "And we are still eating too many saturated fats, too."

We're trying, but we still don't get it, says Michael L. Dansinger, director of obesity research for the Tufts University atherosclerosis research lab and nutrition advisor for The Biggest Loser television series.

"There is a lot of confusion about where the sources of fat are and the best way to identify unhealthy fats," Dansinger tells WebMD.

The good news is that the Eckel study, a nationally representative survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, shows we're getting the message about fats:

The bad news is that most Americans have a fat chance of taking advantage of their fat knowledge:

  • Only 21% of Americans can name three food sources of trans fat.
  • Nearly half of Americans can't name even one trans fat food source.
  • Only a third of Americans can name even one trans fat food without seeing a list.

Looking Out for Trans Fats, Blindsided by Saturated Fats

Fortunately, new laws insist that products made with trans fats (and/or partially hydrogenated oils) have to say so on their labels.

Unfortunately, that's as far as many people read, says Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and nutritional consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"People are pressed for time. So they see 'Trans fats: zero' on the label and they say, 'Fine, I'll buy it,'" Bonci tells WebMD. "But a lot of those foods have replaced the trans fat with a saturated fat. Free does not equal healthy. It is this assumption that 'trans-fat free must be good' that does us in."

Healthy Recipe Finder

Browse our collection of healthy, delicious recipes, from WebMD and Eating Well magazine.

Top searches: Chicken, Chocolate, Salad, Desserts, Soup

Heart Rate Calculator

Ensure you're exercising hard enough to get a good workout, but not strain your heart.

While you are exercising, you should count between...