New research over a six-year study period at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has found that ‘diets rich in trans fat causes a redistribution of fat from other parts of the body into the abdomen even when total calories are controlled’. This is even more reason to reduce this type of fat in the diet.
Foods which contain large amounts of unhealthy of trans fats:
- Most spreads/margarines
- Cake mixes
- Fast foods
- Frozen pastry and other frozen foods
- Breakfast cereals
- Restaurant foods where hydrogenated oils are used in the preparation.
Many foods with less than a half gram per serving of trans fat will be labeled as having zero amounts of trans fat and also there is no recommended dietary allowance for trans fat at this time, so the above rule of thumb of minimizing and eliminating these foods where possible should be employed.