The FDA has given trans fats their pink slips. These dangerous fats have already been began their exodus from supermarkets and popular restaurant in the past few years; however, these sneaky little fats are probably spread all over your pantry!
Hydrogenated or trans fat can be summed up like this: It’s a fancy chemical combination that exists to make foods taste better. You could stop reading here and be all up to speed; but we asked that you continue, because some of these trans fats are hiding in your cupboard.
The food industry added these chemical concoctions to margarine, pastries, fried foods, and country cooked foods… to make the product more rich, juicy, palatable, appetizing and that better preserved, This man made chemical created fat in the body behaves like a saturated fat and really has no redeeming qualities beyond the taste.
The AP reports:
The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.
What foods do you consume that still have trans fats in them? You might be surprised!
- Non buttery spreads. These “want to be” butter substitutes are FILLED with trans fats. One stick has 2.8 grams trans fats and 2.1 g of saturated fats. Shortening has 4.2g trans fats per Tbsp. and 3.4g of saturated fats. In comparison, butter has 0.3g trans fats per Tbsp. and 7.2g saturated fat.
- Fast foods. Some fast food chains have already switched their oil out to make food appear better. Don’t trust this appearance. Some fries come to the stores partially cooked in trans fats before being frozen. And you think your safe with a sandwich made on the grill? Think again! What do they spread all over that grill before your order touches it? Margarine! Fries can have as much as 14.5g for a medium order, KFC’s original recipe chicken dinner breaks the proverbial bank with 7g, mostly due to the chicken and the biscuits.
- Packaged foods and soups. Check the labels on cake mixes, dry biscuit mix, and other mixes. You are much better off making a cake or other dry mixes from scratch. It’s much cheaper and a lot healthier than the alternative. Check your labels. As for soups, compare the labels between your favorites and the low fat versions. You really don’t lose a lot of flavor in the healthier version.
The changes could take place within twelve months, so be prepared for changes in restaurants AND in your pantry!