If you enjoyed half a bagel for breakfast, shared your can of soda at lunch and splurged with one-half cup of ice cream for dessert, congratulate yourself. You’re sticking to the recommended serving sizes. Many people are going way beyond. If you didn’t share that personal-sized frozen pizza with a friend, your meals may be impacting your health in more ways than you realize. In addition to boosting your overall calorie consumption, misleading serving sizes may be boosting your trans fat intake. Defend yourself by reading labels carefully, and choosing foods with Malaysian sustainable palm oil. This healthy oil is naturally trans fat-free, and a better choice for those trying to eat naturally.
Even if you read “zero trans fats” on a food label, the product may still contain this industrially created byproduct shown to increase heart disease risk. Manufacturers can claim zero trans fat if a product contains less than 0.5 grams of the unhealthy ingredient per serving. Ridiculously small serving sizes – such as a single teaspoon of coffee creamer or one-half cup of breakfast cereal – may mean you are consuming much more trans fats than you realize. These small amounts throughout the day can add up quickly.
The FDA is looking to ban trans fats, but this doesn’t take effect until June 2018. In the meantime read labels carefully, especially serving sizes and ingredient lists. If you see the word ‘hydrogenated’ on a product’s label, put it back on the shelf. Instead, choose foods made with Malaysian sustainable palm oil. This healthy tropical fat is a replacement for partially hydrogenated oils, the largest source of trans fats. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also non-GMO and a rich source of heart-friendly vitamin E. It can be found in many products including Smart Balance peanut butters and microwave popcorns, Nutella products and Luna bars, so you can enjoy a satisfying meal without worrying about your trans fat intake.
Robin Miller is a health and nutrition editor with more than 30 years of industry experience. She researches and writes about the nutritional benefits of palm fruit oil, with the goal of giving readers factual, science-based information that will be useful in their daily lives.