Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Trans fat in food raises a person's "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and lowers "good" cholesterol (HDL), increasing the risk of heart disease. Today's consumers are increasingly looking for a healthy alternative on the menu. Taking artificial trans fat out of your kitchen is one important way to serve your family.


A small amount of trans fat in our diet is naturally occurring but the largest source of trans fat is artificially made. Artificial trans fat is made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil. These oils are called "partially hydrogenated." Any food made with partially hydrogenated oil contains trans fat.
Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil + Trans Fat =
Heart Disease Risk

What Ingredients Contain Trans Fat? 

Restaurants commonly cook and fry with partially hydrogenated oils. Other common restaurant ingredients that contain artificial trans fat are vegetable shortenings and margarines.
What Restaurant Foods Commonly Contain Trans Fat?
  1. Fried and pre-fried foods: French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, fish fillets, tortilla chips, taco shells and donuts.
  2. Baked goods: Hamburger buns, crackers, cookies, pizza dough, cakes, pies and pastries.
  3. Premixed ingredients: Pancake mix, hot chocolate, salad dressing, croutons and breadcrumbs.
All these products are available without trans fat (made without partially hydrogenated vegetable oil).

Spot the Hidden Trans Fat in Your Kitchen
You won't know if you are serving trans fat unless you check for the words "partially hydrogenated on the ingredients list on all packaging; avoid using these products!

 Here's a sample ingredient list: 

  1. Change your oil switch to a cooking oil that is not hydrogenated and avoid shortening or hard vegetable oil.
  2. Instead of stick margarine or butter, choose soft tub spreads with saturated and no trans fat.
  3. Buy prepared foods with no trans fat! Ask your food suppliers for baked products, pre-fried and packaged foods that are made without partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

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