Is Palm Oil the Only Way
to Eat Trans-fat Free?

Written by
Published in May 2006; Updated in Aug 2007

trans fat free palm oil( I noticed a disturbing trend when I was on my recent Trans-fat Hunt. I was delighted to find more and more packaged foods that are free of trans fat. But I was concerned to see that some of these products have made up for the trans fat by adding more saturated fat – another "bad" fat that raises total blood cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol.

Palm Oil = Saturated Fat!

Many packaged cookies now boast that they contain 0 g of trans fat. However, this may not be the great news that it seems to be. In order to minimize or eliminate the use of trans-fat-laden partially hydrogenated oil, some food manufacturers have replaced it with saturated-fat-laden palm oil and palm kernel oil – which may not be much better for you!

Numerous health authorities have warned against the use of palm oil in packaged foods. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute warned that the "high content of saturated fat... found in... palm kernel oil, palm oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter" puts people at risk for heart attack or stroke. Indeed, the World Health Organization has also warned there is "convincing evidence" that palmitic acid increases the risk of heart disease.

Alternatives to Palm Oil?

Oils with lower levels of saturated fat and higher levels of polyunsaturated fat are healthier alternatives. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest suggested that manufacturers should use non-hydrogenated soy, canola, corn, and peanut oils as well as more stable oils such as high-oleic sunflower or canola oil, or low-linolenic soybean oil.

What Packaged Foods contain Palm Oil?

Palm oil is most often found in the following food categories:

  • cookies
  • crackers
  • graham cracker pie crust
  • microwave popcorn

The Bottom Line

For the sake of your heart, minimize the intake of both trans fats and saturated fats. Choose wholesome fresh foods instead of packaged foods. Spend time investigating and comparing products by checking the Nutrition Facts label - and when in doubt, check the ingredient list too.

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Related Articles

Stay Connected with
Facebook YouTube
Twitter Podcast
Instagram Newsletter
Pinterest Google

Health Poll
Did you drink less alcohol this month?
No, about the same
Do not drink alcohol
Yes, considerably
Yes, somewhat

Member Area
Eating Smart
Cooking Smart
Compare Packaged Foods
Super Foods & Supplements
Health & Nutrition
Life Stages & Sports
Multimedia & Tools
My Account
Free Nutrition Newsletter
GoUnDiet Book
About GoUnDiet
Free Tools
About Us
Advertise with Us
Privacy Policy
Contact Us
Press Room
In the News
Advertise with Us
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or dietitian. Information and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
HONcode accreditation seal.
Copyright © 1997-2017 HealthCastle Nutrition Inc. All rights reserved.