While it’s been talked about for years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced its decision to bar artery-clogging, artificial trans fats from processed foods, saying trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe” to eat. Health and nutrition experts hail it as a victory, but don’t expect trans fats to completely disappear overnight: Food manufacturers have three years to comply. Find out which common foods may still contain trans fats
Packaged Sweets and Snack Foods
Packaged cake, cookies and pie might look tempting at the store or around the office, but they could have trans fats. Microwave popcorn and other salty snacks may be culprits, too. What’s so bad about trans fats? They increase your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high LDL levels contribute to coronary heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Another problem area where you will probably find trans fat for many years to come, is in the restaurant industry. If you notice the law applies to the use of trans fats in processed foods. So it’s the food manufacturers that will be made to comply over the next three years, but the law doesn’t say that no one can manufacture trans fats. And as long as trans fats are for sale someone will be there to buy them. The ethnic food restaurants are the hardest ones to change because old habits die hard. So beware of deep fried foods. Deep friers are where most of trans fats are being used. And they will continue to use them because changing the oil will change the taste of the product and the chain restaurants will fight to the end to keep their products from changing.