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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the biggest brand names of crackers still contains trans fats.
If it shows partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list, walk away.
I love meat sticks.
But, if it shows partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list, I’m not eating it.
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.
Certain flavors of packaged pudding may contain partially hydrogenated oils.
When in doubt, turn the package over, and check out the ingredients list.
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.
Yes, some how companies are turning this “man food” staple into crap, by adding partially hydrogenated oils.
Others foods known to include partially hydrogenated oils include:
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.
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.
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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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.