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8 Trans-Fat-Heavy Foods to Avoid


This past June the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans to eliminate the use of trans fats by the year 2018. The reason: trans fats have been shown to raise levels of low-density lipoprotein (popularly known as “bad” cholesterol) while lowering so-called “good” cholesterol. Beyond that, consuming foods high in trans fats has been shown to increase the risk of obesity and the many health conditions that accompany obesity, including heart disease and diabetes.

Given these risks, it’s important people have the ability to identify and avoid those foods high in trans fats. Since it will be a couple years until these foods are gone from store shelves, it’s worth getting to know these foods so you can make healthier diet choices…

 

1. Margarine

Generally speaking, health experts believe that margarine is healthier than butter, which is high in saturated fat. But many brands of margarine are also high in trans fat, which has been shown to elevate low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.

Not sure which type of margarine is high in trans fat? Obviously, you should check the nutritional label. But the general rule is this: if the margarine is solid, there’s a good chance it contains a lot of trans fat. If it’s soft or liquid in form, chances are the trans fat levels are low or non-existent.

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