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Healthy Recipes to Try
A. As of January 2006, new labels will list trans fats in packaged foods. Keep a watchful eye on snacks and bakery treats—especially fried pastries and anything with a frosting or creamy filling. In restaurants, be wary of anything deep-fried or baked.
Aim to eat foods labeled “zero trans fats” with no partially hydrogenated oils in their ingredient lists. Amounts vary greatly from brand to brand.
Currently, the worst offenders are:
Estimated Trans Fats (g) High/Low
Potpie, individual: 16/0
Microwave popcorn, butter-flavored: 9/1
1 (3.5-oz.) bag (4 cups)
French fries, fast-food, medium: 8/2
Cinnamon roll (mall-style): 6/4.5
Doughnut, glazed, 1 reg or 4 mini: 5/3
Biscuit, buttermilk: 5/1.5
Fish sticks, 3 oz.: 5/0
Pound cake, 1 (2-oz.) slice: 4.5/3
Apple pie, fast-food serving: 4.5/3
Chicken-breast strips, fast-food, 5: 4.5/2.5
Chicken nuggets, fast-food, 10: 3/2.5
Fish sandwich, fast-food: 3/1
Cake, frosted, 1 slice: 3/2
Margarine, stick, 1 Tbsp.: 3/1
Potato chips, 1.5-oz. bag: 3/0
Taco shells, 2: 2.5/2
Estimates compiled from manufacturers’ nutrition information, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, University of Maryland Medical Center, Center for Science in the Public Interest and ConsumerReports.org.