Anti-aging Tip: Foods High in Trans Fat
Although trans fat make food last longer on grocery-store shelves, it is hazardous ingredient affecting your heart. Limit the trans fats in your diet by watching which foods you choose to eat.
Trans fats raise your bad cholesterol just like saturated fats, additionally, they increase inflammation and lower the good cholesterol that protects us against heart disease. Many food producers and fast-food chains have eradicated or set limitations on the amount of trans fats in their foods.
Some of the foods which contain trans fats . . .
- Fried or battered foods - assume that anything fried or battered may have trans fat used in the preparation
- Meat sticks - instead of processed meat sticks, choose plant-based snacks (fresh fruit and raw vegetables). Get the most of your protein from heart by eating healthy fish, poultry, lentils, soybeans, and nuts
- Ground beef - just as with dairy products, beef can also contain natural trans fat. Trans fat are found in many frozen burgers,beef sausages, beef hot dogs, and ground beef. Choose plant-based proteins instead
- Store-bought cookies and cookie dough, biscuits and sweet rolls: Anything that sits on a shelf or in a package needs to be stabilized which means often it is hydrogenated
- Frozen dinners - read labels thoroughly when you purchase frozen food. They commonly contain trans fat; not only as a stabilizer, but to give the mouth a fattier taste experience
- Ramen noodles and microwave soup cups (high in hydrogenated oils and salt)
- Shortening - the ingredient list often shows partially hydrogenated oils
- Pie, pie crust, cake mixes, frosting, pancakes and waffles often contain hydrogenated oils; baked products are well known for containing trans fat
- Packaged pudding
- Crackers - many contain partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil in their list of ingredients. If you eat more than a few crackers, it will begin to add up. Avoid buying crackers that contain trans fat by choosing snacks that avoid hydrogenated oils
- Breakfast sandwiches
- Microwave popcorn
- Ice cream has naturally occurring trans fats found in fat-containing dairy products
- Non-dairy creamers: Most flavors (even the fat-free and low-fat varieties), contain partially hydrogenated oils as the second or third ingredient listed
- Frozen or creamy beverages