Foods to Avoid

For those of us watching our diet or trying to lower our cholesterol, we should avoid foods high in trans fats. Here are the worst:

  • Spreads: shortening, stick or tub margarine
  • Packaged foods: cake mixes and others all have several grams of trans fats per serving. If it says ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated’ it contains trans fats
  • Soups: Ramen noodles and soup cups contain very high levels of trans fats
  • Supermarket frozen foods: frozen pot pies, fruit pies, waffles, pizza, breaded fish sticks, and chicken nuggets all contain high quantities of trans fats as well as sodium.
  • Commercially made baked goods: doughnuts, cookies, and cakes in a store contain trans fats
  • Toppings and creamers: nondairy creamers, flavored coffees, and whipped toppings are high in trans fats
  • Creamy salad dressings: ranch, green goddess, and any others that are thick and creamy contain trans fats
  • Gravies: packaged or canned gravies contain trans fats
  • Chips and crackers: Shortening makes them crunchy. Anything fried like potato chips and corn chips have trans fats. Buttered flavored crackers have trans fats.
  • Fast food: Most fast food products are deep fried in partially hydrogenated oil.

The good source of fatty foods come from monounsaturated fats such as avocado, nuts, olives, olive oil, canola and peanut oil. So read your labels when shopping and try to eat more fruit and vegetables.

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