Have you heard about trans-fats?
Consumption of artificially sourced trans-fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils contribute to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Partially hydrogenated oils (trans-fat) can be found in baked goods such as cakes, cookies, and pies; snack foods such as microwave popcorn; frozen pizza; some fast food; margarine and other spreads, coffee creamer, vegetable shortenings and stick margarines; and refrigerator dough products such as biscuits and cinnamon rolls.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention estimates that eliminating intake of trans-fat from partially hydrogenated oil could prevent up to 20,000 cases of coronary heart disease and up to 7,000 deaths annually.
Read the Nutrition Facts label and ingredient list to compare foods.
- Choose products with 0 grams trans fat.
- Check the Ingredient List to see if there is any partially hydrogenated oil in the product.
- Because products containing less than .5 grams of trans-fat per serving can be labeled as having 0 grams trans-fat, checking the Ingredient List is important to avoid all artificial trans-fat.
Ask your grocer to stock products free of “partially hydrogenated oil” and “shortening”.
Talk to your favorite restaurant establishment about current use of partially hydrogenated oils or changing to a menu that is 100% free of “partially hydrogenated oil” and “shortening”.
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/fat/transfat.html and http://www.fda.gov/FoodPopularTopics/ucm373922.htm