Trans fat is found in most processed foods containing partially hydrogenated oil, such as crackers, cookies, cakes, pies and snack foods. Stick margarine, shortening, coffee creamer, fast food, frozen pizza and refrigerated dough products also often contain trans fat. Small amounts of trans fats are found in meat and dairy products.Continue Reading
Consulting the Nutrition Facts Label is the best way to determine if a food contains trans fat. As of 2014, a nutrition label can state zero grams of trans fat if the product contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. For this reason, checking the food's ingredient list for items, such as shortening or partially hydrogenated oils or fats, is recommended in addition to reading the nutrition label.
Some trans fat is formed naturally in the digestive tract of grazing animals, such as cows, and is not a health concern. Most trans fat is formed during food processing when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to solidify it and improve its shelf life, stability, texture and flavor. Consuming a diet high in this type of trans fat is associated with elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which can exponentially increase the risk of developing heart disease.Learn more about Nutritional Content
Some foods that contain fructose are fruits and vegetables, processed foods and anything with high-fructose corn syrup as an additive. Fruits and vegetables such as zucchini, peas, watermelon, apples, grapes and asparagus have a high amount of natural fructose. Fruit juice also has fructose.Full Answer >
Foods high in carbohydrates include sugars, breads, cereals, pastas and many processed snack foods. These foods offer little in nutritional value, consist of empty calories and cause spikes in blood sugar. High-carbohydrate foods should be consumed sparingly.Full Answer >
Common foods that are high in gluten include pasta, bread, flour tortillas, cookies, cereal, pastries, beer and crackers, notes the American Diabetes Association. Essentially, any food containing white flour, whole wheat flour, durum wheat, graham flour or triticale is considered high in gluten content.Full Answer >
Fatty foods that should be avoided as part of a healthy diet include potato chips, pork sausage, cheese and crackers, ice cream and French fries. These foods are among those highest in fat, sugar, salt and empty calories.Full Answer >