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Your favorite junk food is about to get a whole lot healthier


Big news! The FDA is about to change the junk food industry forever. How? By 2018, they've vowed to give the boot to all artificial trans fat. Hint: Trans fat is basically your body’s worst enemy, and raises "bad" cholestorol while lowering the good kind. And that nastiness is found in a lot of processed food like cookies and chips, putting you at an ever-greater risk for heart disease.

While you’ll still find trans fat naturally in oils, meat and dairy, after 2018, you’ll find that your baked goods and snack foods will be trans fat-free. And even though Americans have been eating less and less trans fat over the years, the ban is going to do a whole lot of good. The FDA estimates that over the next two decades their ban on trans fat will prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 heart disease-related deaths a year. If that isn’t reason enough to crack down on trans fat, then we don’t know what is. 

Looking to rid your diet of trans fat before 2018? It’s time to start reading food labels carefully. In the US, if a food has less than .5 grams trans fat, the company can label the food as having no trans fat at all. Because this hidden trans fat can add up, always check the ingredient list as well—if your snack contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, it contains trans fat even if the nutritional info says otherwise. Remember, though, not all fat is bad: monounsaturated fat or unsaturated omegy-3 fatty acids can be an essential part of your diet.

 What do you think of the FDA's trans fat ban? How do you try to maintain a healthy diet? Let us know.

Credit: FDA 


by Mallory Walker | 2/1/2016