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The skinny on trans fat

The skinny on trans fat
Did you know that trans fats aren't solely found in fried foods? Here's a guide on how to avoid these unhealthy fats.

Linked to high cholesterol and heart disease, trans fats aren’t exclusive to fried foods. Don’t want to get burned? Read this cheat sheet.

  • A product claiming “zero trans fats” may actually contain up to half a gram, according to FDA regulations.
     
  • To ensure you’re dodging even these small amounts, read ingredient lists: Trans fats appear under the guises “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” and “vegetable shortening.”
     
  • These ingredients also can indicate the product contains interesterified fats, the chemically altered fats often used as a trans fats replacement, which pose similar health risks.
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