How to Avoid Sneaky Trans Fats

The FDA is proposing a ban on trans fats and we have to say that we’re thrilled with the news. Foods like microwave popcorn, canned frosting and stick margarine are some of the most offensive when it comes to amount of the manmade fats, but they aren’t the only ones to keep an eye out for. Several less likely foods contain trace amounts of trans fats as well.

Foods that are generally considered healthy, or least, better for you, can still contain small amounts of trans fats and be labeled as trans fat free. It is likely that as the ban on trans fats rolls out, these foods will be allowed to remain on the shelves.

Several kinds of granola bars, cereals and Fig Newtons all contain trans fats, but it’s in such small amounts that the labels can still make the “zero trans fats” claim. This is especially troublesome to those who want to, or are currently, removing all man-made fats from their diet.

Luckily, there are instances of trans fat that are much easier to avoid. Some of the most popular foods are chock full of them and could disappear from shelves for good if the trans fat ban goes into full effect. Foods like Girl Scout cookies, Slim Jims and Crisco are unsurprising members of the trans fat felons club, but there are also some shocking members.

People on the Special K diet may want to reconsider after learning that 17 varieties of their cereal, their granola, and meal and snack bars contain high amounts of trans fats. Not exactly what you want your diet food to contain, right?

Of course, the ban is only on the manmade version of the fat. It occurs naturally in some meat and dairy products and those will remain available at your local grocery store. Until the ban is decided, we recommend taking a closer look at the labels on the foods you buy, and staying away from sneaky trans fat.


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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.1 years ago


Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez2 years ago


BJ J.2 years ago

Buyer beware . . . . of everything, especially wording on labels.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


Sunny H.
Sunny H.2 years ago

I hoped the article would include the names of some ingrediants that are trans fats in disguise, if this be so, and they are not labeled as such. Could a product be labeled 'no trans fats' and still have them in disguise?

Denise Morley
Denise Morley2 years ago

How to avoid sneaky trans fats? .... Label read of course, funny the author didn't mention that.

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Dmitry Nikiforov
Dmitry Nikiforov2 years ago

thank you

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Sue H.
Sue H.2 years ago

Good to know, thanks.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.2 years ago

thanks for sharing