Most people are now aware of bad Trans Fats, a very bad health causing ingredient for prolonging shelf life and taste of certain foods. Trans fat is formed when natural vegetable oil is hardened through a hydrogenation process and is very commonly done to increase food shelf life, but at a big cost to your health.
Many Studies confirm that continued consumption of trans fats as little as one gram per day can increase the bad cholesterol in your body and put you at a far greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure even may trigger type 2 diabetes. Most of our snack food contain trans fats and could seriously be putting our general health at great risk.
Here is a list of common foods that usually contain trans fats that you should try to avoid eating, to help you stay healthy:
- Microwaved popcorn snacks: Popcorn is one of those highly popular snacks we all indulge in and do not suspect it of being fattening or harmful to our health. The fact is most microwaved popcorn does contain trans fats.
- Potato chips snacks: Again another very popular snack food and possibly the worst. Even one small bag of potato chips usually contain three to four grams of trans fats which is very high.
- Snack Crackers: They look very innocent to most people, but the sad truth is most snack crackers often contain trans fats.
- Cereals: Some cereals actually contain trans fats, especially the sweeter varieties. The same goes for many cereal bars that are marketed as health bars, so you must be careful.
- Frozen type foods: Most pies, cakes, pizzas, waffles, pastries, are usually containing high amounts of trans fats. We all fall victim to these types of foods as they are fast and easy to serve up.
- French fries: Millions of people eat french fries daily perhaps the most popular trans fat loaded food in the world.
- Cookies: Most of us love cookies and usually eat at least a few of them at one serving. Just three average cookies can pack in nearly three grams of bad trans fats. Best to avoid the store-bought cookies and just make your own which will be much healthier for you and your family.
- Margarine (the hard variety): All hard margarine needs to be hydrogenated which contains trans fats. Use the soft margarine that is not hydrogenated to be on the healthy side.
To better your health, you really should try to avoid eating common foods that contain the bad trans fats, you can look for better foods to replace them as more and more products are starting to offer o trans fats food in place of the original foods, this gives you a healthy option.
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