Some of your favorite junk foods might be changing drastically, thanks to a new ban of trans fats by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month.
Trans fats, found largely in partially hydrogenated oils, are industrially-produced fats. They are found in many canned and frozen foods, as well as baked goods. The FDA’s announcement means that it no longer recognizes trans fats as safe for consumption.
I wondered myself if trans fats were really a big deal, but despite the cost advantage of increased shelf life and cheap production, trans fats are linked to obesity and heart disesase. The June 2015 FDA statement explains, “Selecting foods with even small amounts of trans fat can add up to a significant intake.”
Time elaborates: “Over the years, the American diet has gotten loaded with trans fats, which are made by hydrogenating vegetable oils. They’re in about a third of all the packaged foods on the grocery shelves—foods like cupcakes, Twinkies, baked products, and other foods that are manufactured in mass. And it appears that they’re one of the drivers that’s led to the epidemic of heart disease that we’ve faced over the past few decades.”
Popcorn, canned biscuits and other baked goods and even *GASP* cake frosting are among the offending foods for which companies will have to seriously re-vamp ingredients to remove trans fats.
Here are some more foods that will be affected by the ban. Check it out and see if any of your favorites (sadly) made the list.
- Baked goods (cookies, cakes, pies and crackers)
- Ready-to-use frostings
- Snack food (such as potato chips and microwave popcorn)
- Fried food typically found in fast food restaurants (such as French fries, fried chicken, and doughnuts)
- Refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits, cinnamon rolls and frozen pizza)
- Vegetable shortening (Crisco)
- Stick margarine
- Coffee creamer (nooooooo)