Trans fat hasn't disappeared

FRESNO, Calif.

  • Duncan Hines Creamy Frosting has 1.5 grams in 2 tablespoons.

  • And 1 tablespoon of Land O’Lakes Margarine has 3 grams. A better choice is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, with zero grams.

  • Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie has 3 grams per serving. Sara Lee’s Apple Pie lists zero grams per serving.

  • And Bisquick Original has 1 gram of trans fat in one-third of a cup. Bisquick Heart Smart has none.

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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