Trans-Fat, Its Lurks

Sure, trans-fat is being banned left and right, but, it’s not completely out of our system just yet. The Center for Science in the Public Interest points out that trans-fat still lurks in many familiar places. Read on:
Several Pepperidge Farm (part of the Campbell Soup company) products contain unsafe levels of trans fat, including a Chili and Cornbread with Beans One Dish Meal (4 grams of trans fat per serving), puff pastry sheets and shells (4 and 5 grams, respectively), and a Creamy Alfredo Chicken and Broccoli pot pie (11 grams) that has more trans fat than someone should consume in five days. Though Wal-Mart, America’s biggest supermarket chain, recently announced that its in-store delis would switch to trans-fat-free frying oil, several Wal-Mart Bakery products still have artificial trans fat, such as Glazed Mini Donuts (2.5 grams) and Apple Fritters and Honey Buns (6 grams each).

Other products that have alarming levels of trans fat include Drake’s Fruit Pies (8 g) and several Tastykake products, including Glazed Honey Buns (8 g), Glazed Donut Holes (5 g), and Mini Donuts (4 g). Partially hydrogenated oil is still used in many brands of microwave popcorn including some of Giant’s and Safeway’s house-brand versions and some varieties of Pop Secret (part of General Mills), Jolly Time, and Pop Weaver. Many stick margarines have 2.5 grams of trans fat per serving.

“Everyone is so used to seeing “0g Trans Fat” claims on food labels that it’s tempting to think the problem is solved,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. “While labeling has been a great success, it clearly hasn’t been enough to get every company on board for every product.”
To be honest, all this banning of trans-fat has turned me into quite the trans-fat watchdog. I avoid it like the plague. But one thing I’ve noticed is that trans-fat tends to pop up most often in foods that an Eat to Liver would never even consider eating, like snack cakes and crackers—no big loss!

(Via That’s Fit)
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