Friday, November 08, 2013

Trans fats to be outlawed--but you need to watch out

I know--trans fats sound sort of interesting, but also known as partially hydrogenated veggie oil on the list of chemicals in our food, they are really pretty bad for you.

I think of them as styrofoam cruising through our blood vessels--and maybe causing clots. Even the fast food joints have tried to eliminate them or cut them way down.

Now, the FDA has proposed prohibiting them--it's up for comment.

Trans fats are preservatives, they make food last longer on the shelf. Not everyone buys fresh food every day at the French Market or Whole Foods. Some people eat packaged stuff.

So until the FDA gets most of this out of the foods we love, think about reading labels.

Foods likely to contain trans fats:

Cookies, crackers, cakes, muffins, pie crusts, pizza dough and some breads like burger buns.

Hard margarine (stick) and vegetable shortening.

Premixed products suich as cake mix, pancake mix, and chocolate drink mix.

Fried foods such as doughnuts, fried chicken (yes, nuggets, too), hard taco shells.

Snack foods such as potato and corn chips, candy, or microwaved popcorn or packaged popcorn.

Well, that pretty much does it for our diet over here!


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