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Avoid These 7 Common Foods Containing Trans Fats

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Partially Hydrogenated Oils: The Worst Ingredient That Destroys Your Heart

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m discussing why you should avoid these 7 common foods containing trans fats.

If I had to lay the smack down on one ingredient, and eliminate it from all processed foods, it would be trans fats.

The scary thing is, people at work and kids at school, are snacking on these common foods that contain this exact ingredient, every day.

However, you probably won’t find “trans fats” listed in the ingredients list.

So before reading any further, I want you to scroll to the comment section below, and tell me what specific ingredient you should look out for.

What Are Trans Fats?

All right, the heart destroying ingredient you should always try to avoid are partially hydrogenated oils.

The manufactured form of trans fats is known as, partially hydrogenated oils.

I call trans fats, a.ka. partially hydrogenated oils, the “Frankenstein” ingredient, because they are unnaturally created in a factory, by adding hydrogen to vegetable oils.

This process helps extend the shelf life of packaged “food”, and enhances the flavor and texture.

Why Are Trans Fats Bad For You?

Study after study after study shows trans fats significantly increases your unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels and lowers your healthy HDL cholesterol levels.

Increasing bad cholesterol, while decreasing good cholesterol, will ultimately turbocharge your risk of heart disease.

Trust me, when your heart is pissed at you, you’re in trouble.

How Much Trans Fats Per Day Is Acceptable?

If you’re wondering how many trans fats is acceptable per day, here’s the deal.

The American Heart Association recommends more than 2g of trans fats per day.

However, if you’re one of the few people that actually cares about your heart, I’d prefer to go with 0g of trans fats per day.

Avoid These 7 Common Foods Containing Trans Fats

Here are the 7 most common foods containing the main source of trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils.

Unfortunately, as you’re about to see, these common snack foods to avoid are often consumed at the office and in the classroom.

In my opinion, any foods containing partially hydrogenated oils should be banned from the office and classrooms.

Note: Not all brands of these foods contain trans fats, so always make sure you turn the box sideways to read the ingredients label, and avoid partially hydrogenated oils.

#1. Cookies

Approximately 35% of products in the cookie category contains trans fat.

If it shows partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list, don’t buy it.

#2. Crackers

Some of the biggest brand names of crackers still contains trans fats.

If it shows partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list, walk away.

#3. Meat Sticks

I love meat sticks.

But, if it shows partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list, I’m not eating it.

#4. Popcorn

Yes, a few “buttered” down brands of popcorn contain partially hydrogenated oils on the label.

If you see those 3 words in the ingredients list, just say no.

#5. Packaged Pudding

Certain flavors of packaged pudding may contain partially hydrogenated oils.

When in doubt, turn the package over, and check out the ingredients list.

#6. Microwavable Frozen Dinners

Frozen dinners are a favorite quick lunchtime meal for many office workers.

So you may be saying, “Brad, how do I know if my favorite frozen dinner contains trans fats?”.

Have you not been paying attention?

Partially hydrogenated oils.

#7. Canned Chili

Yes, some how companies are turning this “man food” staple into crap, by adding partially hydrogenated oils.

Other Foods Containing Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Others foods known to include partially hydrogenated oils include:

  • Frozen pizza
  • French fries
  • Pancake mixes
  • Icing
  • Pie crusts
  • Pastries
  • Frozen pies
  • Coffee creams
  • Raman noodles
  • Deep fried foods at your local fast food restaurant
  • Anything made with margarine

But don’t get me wrong Live Leaners, not every brand of cookies, crackers, meat sticks, popcorn, pudding, frozen dinners, and chili contain partially hydrogenated oils.

It’s your job to read the ingredients label.

Don’t Just Believe the Front of the Label If It Says “0 Trans Fats”

Companies are allowed to promote “0 Trans Fats” on the food label as long as there is less than 0.5g per serving.

These numbers may seem small and insignificant, but trust me, they quickly add up if you eat a lot of that food.

How To Avoid All Man Made Trans Fats

Your best bet to avoid all man made trans fats is to cook your own food and stick to whole, natural, one ingredient foods, that don’t even need an ingredients label.

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Question Of The Day:

  • What specific ingredient should you avoid?
  • Do you actively try to avoid trans fats by looking for partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list?
  • Which of these foods containing trans fats surprised you the most?

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31 responses to “Avoid These 7 Common Foods Containing Trans Fats

  1. EXTREMELY HELPFUL!!!!!! down to the point! you just don’t tell us not to
    eat Trans Fats, you give us examples….GREAT JOB!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

  2. Lol funny coincidence, I just explained to a family member for 10 minutes
    why processed peanut butter is pure junk food

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