Experts and BHG readers answer.
What sorts of foods contain trans fat?
Unless the package states otherwise, trans fats are often found in cake, muffin, and dessert mixes; ramen and instant-soup cups; fast food; frozen pies, waffles, pizzas, and fish sticks; commercial baked goods, such as donuts, chips, and crackers; and nondairy creamers. Check the ingredients label—if it reads “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” it contains trans fat.
Several cities and the state of California have banned trans fats in restaurants, but others may still be pouring on the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Restaurant fried foods—such as french fries, onion rings, and other deep-fried appetizers—are big culprits that should be avoided, as are flaky pastries and dipped ice creams.