The FDA banned food manufacturers from adding partially hydrogenated oils to foods. But the FDA says trans fats may still be in some of these foods:
- Crackers, cookies, cakes, frozen pies, and other baked goods
- Snack foods (such as microwave popcorn)
- Frozen pizza
- Vegetable shortenings and some stick margarines
- Coffee creamer
- Refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits and cinnamon rolls)
- Ready-to-use frostings
It's a good idea to check the label.
First, look at the Nutrition Facts panel. Even if it says the product has 0 grams of trans fats per serving, there may still be up to half a gram of trans fats per serving.
Next, check the Ingredient List to see if it lists partially hydrogenated oils.
Spot Trans Fats in Fast Food
Some fast-food chains have stopped using trans fats.
Check the nutritional information for the chains you go to the most. Nutrition and fat facts are often available on a fast-food chain's web site, in pamphlets at the restaurant, or on a poster displayed at the restaurant.
Here are specific types of fast foods to check out carefully:
- Pastries, pie crust, and biscuits
- Breaded or fried chicken and seafood
- French fries
Also Limit Saturated Fat
But you still need to limit saturated fat. It's not a good plan to switch from trans fats to saturated fat.
They're both linked to heart disease.
Dietary guidelines recommend you get no more than 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat. That comes to 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat if you eat 2,000 calories a day.