5 Foods That Still Have Trans Fats, But Not for Long
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that they will declare trans fats unsafe for use in food products. This move comes seven years after New York City banned trans fats from restaurants.
Back in 2006, some nutrition experts worried that banning trans fats would lead to consumption of more saturated fats. But a study published last year in Annals of Internal Medicine showed no such increase.
- Some margarines. Many, but not all, margarines have eliminated trans fats.
- Fast food. McDonald’s finally eliminated trans fats in 2005, but many fast food outlets are lagging.
- Popcorn. Trans fats are common in microwave and movie theater popcorn. The ban will likely lead to more real butter.
- Baked goods. A surprising range of cookies, crackers, pie crusts, pizza dough, and breads still have trans fats.
- Doughnuts. Getting rid of trans fats in doughnuts has been a challenge. Without them, doughnuts seem greasier. But some brands, like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, made the change five years ago.
This move to completely ban trans fat was greeted enthusiastically by nutrition activists and with muted acceptance by the food industry. By now, it seemed inevitable.
Perhaps good data made it easier.
Breakfast Coming Up, photograph © Tobias Löfgren / flickr
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