Trans-fats are those deadly fats formed in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, particularly vegetable oils. Research shows that these substances wreak havoc with the body, particularly the circulatory system. Heart attacks and strokes are just some of the ‘side effects’ caused by even small amounts of trans-fats.
Fortunately, some would say, the government has mandated that the amount of trans-fats in processed foods must be included on labels. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Don’t you feel safer?
Unfortunately, it sounds better than it is. It turns out that a product can advertise “Zero Trans-fats” if it contains less than 1/2 of a gram per serving.
That means that the ‘healthy’ snack food you bought that proudly announces on the package that it contains “zero” trans-fats, might actually contain some. Look for clues in the ingredient list in words such as ‘hydrogenated’ and ‘partially-hydrogenated’ and ‘vegetable oil’ for clues that there are probably some trans-fats in there. When you find these, avoid those products at all costs.