Deanna Dewberry, Consumer Reports
Now many foods have been reformulated and tout "zero grams of trans fat per serving," but Consumer Reports says many packaged foods still contain trans fat.
Trans fat was once a staple in fried foods, baked goods, and margarine. Now many foods have been reformulated and tout "zero grams of trans fat per serving." Trans fat can raise your risk of heart disease because it increases your cholesterol levels, specifically the levels of LDL or bad cholesterol. But many packaged foods still contain trans fat.
But even some foods, such as Crisco, that list zero grams per serving may still contain trans fat, if you see in the ingredient’s list "partially hydrogenated" oil. Manufacturers can say zero grams of trans fat on a label if a product contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. There’s no amount of trans fat that’s good for you. And if you eat a lot of those products, you could be getting a sizable amount of trans fat.
Trans fat isn’t the only fat to watch out for. Saturated fat is also bad for your heart. So that’s something else to look for when you check the nutrition label.
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