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Avoiding Trans Fats

You can choose not to buy foods containing these harmful fats and by saying ‘no’ businesses will listen.  Consumer pressure works and the residents of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are a major force when it comes to campaigning for what’s right for us.

Like saturated fats, trans fats can raise cholesterol levels in the blood.  This is why it’s recommended that trans fats should make up no more than 2% of the energy (calories) we get from our diet.  For adults, this is no more than about 5g a day.  But why accept any artificial trans fats in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly at all?

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In an ideal world, these fats would be banned by law and are in several countries.  In the UK that is not the case, but we can reduce them from our locally-produced foods by pressuring businesses to take them out.

If a product contains hydrogenated fats or oils, it may contain trans fats.  Look out for the words partially hydrogenated fat or oil on food labels.

If you want to reduce your intake of trans fats you should:

  • avoid products that list hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat or oil on the label
  • when eating out try to eat less fried foods
  • try to eat fewer biscuits, cakes and pastries
  • use liquid vegetable oil for frying
  • include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet

To help narrow down the range of products you may need to check, here is a list of foods that may contain hydrogenated vegetable oil.

  • Oils and Fats
  • Biscuits (Sweet and Savoury)
  • Bread and Cake Mixes
  • Bread Rolls
  • Buns, Cakes and Doughnuts
  • Croissants
  • Desserts and Custards
  • Instant Drinks and Soups
  • Sausage rolls
  • Crisps and Savoury Snacks
  • Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Spreads
  • Coffee Whiteners
  • Pies and Pasties
  • Pizzas
  • Non-dairy cream
  • Confectionery
  • Frozen Potato Products
  • Margarines, Spreads, Mayonnaise

You can further reduce your risk of health problems such as heart attacks and stroke by eating a healthy balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight.  For more information visit Cornwall's Healthy Weight web site.