The Trans Fat Ban: 5 Surprising Foods That Won't Change, 5 Foods That Probably Will
Last week, the FDA announced it's making the move to eliminate trans fats from processed food. The news comes after the administration announced it had determined that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer "generally recognized as safe" in foods. And after a 60-day comment period, get ready for a complete ban. There's no time table yet on how long food producers will have to phase out the harmful fats, but it seems change is inevitable.
mihoda via Flickr Good news, Oreos are already trans-fat free.
But what does this mean exactly for some of your favorite snack foods? Well, here are some products you won't have to worry about changing as well as a few that we're pretty sure will never be the same again.
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5 Products That Already Contain 0g Trans Fat per Serving:
Good news, one of America's favorite cookies already ditched the hydrogenated oils and thus, trans fat. In fact, Nabisco began working on reducing trans fats more than a decade ago after a lawsuit filled by a San Francisco lawyer. Even without trans fats, they're still super-addictive.
McDonald's french fries
Whether you noticed the switch or not, McDonald's fries have been fried in trans fat-free oil since 2008. Other fried items including hash browns, chicken, filet of fish, and biscuits also have had zero grams of trans fat per labeled serving for years.
They might still be as heavy on sodium as a salt lick, but at least Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish crackers have been free of trans fats since 2004.
You've been getting your cheesy chip on sans hydrogenated oils since 2002. Other trans fat-free Frito-Lay products include Doritos, Tostitos, Lay's, and Ruffles. All are made using a trans fat-free corn oil.
Starving college students everywhere will rejoice to know that their beloved Top Ramen noodles already contain zero trans fat per serving. The company voluntarily removed the fats long before the FDA made a move to force them to do so.