Trans fats. I’m sure that you have heard about trans fats. They’re
fats made from partially hydrogenated liquid oils. What is the problem with trans fat? Too many
trans fats can cause inflammation in the body, resulting in plaque build-up in
artery walls. Not good.
Where might you find trans fats? Shortening and stick margarine; cookies and pastries; crackers
and snack foods.
Choose healthy fats such as liquid oils – olive, canola, coconut,
sesame, grapeseed, walnut, safflower; nuts and nut butters; ground flaxseed.
Be careful about trans fats - use oil when you can when
making brownies, cookies, pancakes, and muffins.
Since 2006 the Nutrition Facts label must list the Trans Fat
content under the Total Fat and Saturated Fat content. It should have 0 grams
of trans fats. None at all. If there is less than ½ gram of trans fat content,
the label can state 0 grams SO it pays to check the Ingredient Listing to be
sure that there are no partially hydrogenated fat at all.
The bottom line -be a label reader and make what
you can at home in your own kitchen to control the type of fat in your dishes
and at your meals.