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Trans fat is found in many processed foods, but not printed in the label

By NKKhoo

Trans fat has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, in which plaque builds up inside the arteries and may cause a heart attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year in USA.

Trans fats also impair the memory found in a latest study, How Trans Fat Eats Away at Your Memory.

Trans fat can still be found in such processed foods as:

  • crackers, cookies, cakes, frozen pies and other baked goods
  • snack foods (such as microwave popcorn)
  • frozen pizza
  • vegetable shortenings and stick margarines
  • coffee creamers
  • refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits and cinnamon rolls)
  • ready-to-use frostings

Trans fat is concealed from the consumers’ knowledge with different names.

> Zero trans fat label does not mean no trans fat in the food. The food producers are allowed to round down 0.5 grams and below trans fat per serving to 0.

> Non-dairy creamer is labelled profoundly.

> Partially hydrogenated oil is another jargon used to hide trans fat.

I try to list out them for you to decide to eat or not for food contains trans fat.

Non-dairy creamers are found in many packaged drink like instant coffee in which trans fat is not printed on its label. Non-dairy creamer actually is a type of trans fat.

Read carefully for their ingredients, you will find non-dairy creamer is a common flavor in the packaged cereal.

Nature’s brown instant rice cereal is an example.

nature's own instant brown rice cereal

MyKuali Penang white curry noodle is another food with trans fat ingredient. Besides a package of non-dairy creamer is included, 20 grams salt in the flavor is 4 times the daily permittable value for adult.

Besides a package of non-dairy creamer, 20 grams salt in the flavor is 4 times the daily permittable intake.

Margarine is made of hydrogenated oils and high in trans fat and/or saturated fat. Biscuits and cakes with crispy and creamy taste most likely have trans fat margarine in their ingredient.


Recycled cooking oil sold in the plastic bags is another good source of trans fat and carcinogen. Fomca estimated that 90% hawker stalls and restaurants in Malaysia are using cheap recycled cooking oil.

Although contamination with pathogenic microorganisms is unlikely to be a problem in the recycled cooking oil, but significant levels of toxic substances that remain in the oil, such as aflatoxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (HNE), among others, might be harmful and could even cause cancers. So, the reuse of the gutter oil has caused great concern.

Muslim consumers will eat non-halal fats in the recycled cooking oil.


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