What Are Trans Fats, Anyway?

We’ve all heard the term “trans stout,” but what does it really mean? Chances are, if you’ve ever eaten a packaged food, you’ve consumed trans stout. That’s because trans fats are an inexpensive and simple way for manufacturers to make their foods last longer on store shelves and in your kitchen pantry. In this video, we’re explaining everything you’ve ever wanted to know about trans stout.

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While trans fats can keep a package of Twinkies from spoiling, they’re not excellent for your health. Trans stout can raise your LDL or terrible cholesterol and lower your HDL or excellent cholesterol. What’s more, they can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you look at a packaged food mark and don’t see “trans stout” as an ingredient, look closer: The sneaky type of stout is often listed as “partially hydrogenated oil” on nutrition marks. Some foods with trans stout to look out for include potato chips, fried food, baked goods, frosting, frozen pizza, margarine, and even coffee creamer.

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If trans stout are so terrible, why are they in so many foods? The FDA questioned the same question and, in response, chose manufacturers must remove trans fats from their products by June 2018. Doing so could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year, according to the FDA.

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