Trans fat-free industrial food is still bad food.

So partially hydrogenated “trans” fats are bad. Everyone knows they’re bad. Hell, they’re illegal now in restaurants in New York. There’s even a trans fat–free Crisco on the market.

But guess what? The food industry isn’t replacing this nasty industrial fat with some wholesome, expensive ingredient like, say, coconut oil. Yes, you guessed it, they’re replacing it with another nasty industrial fat! And the early research suggests this one might be even more poisonous than the last. (Not only does it lower “good” HDL cholesterol, it raises blood sugar. Just what we need.)

So watch for it on food labels: interesterified fat, also known as fully hydrogenated oil. And steer clear. (And just give up on the Crisco. How about organic lard from happy pigs on small farms instead?)

The bottom line: industrial food is industrial food is industrial food. And it’s bad.

Geek note: The study in question is Stearic acid-rich interesterified fat and trans-rich fat raise the LDL/HDL ratio and plasma glucose relative to palm olein in humans by
Kalyana Sundram, Tilakavati Karupaiah and Kc Hayes in Nutrition and Metabolism 2007, 4:3. And there’s a free full-text PDF!

Related post: Trans fat update: bureaucracy + marketing = bad food.


  1. The Herbwife’s Kitchen » Trans fat update: bureaucracy + marketing = bad food. said,

    March 15, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

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  3. Sheri Campbell said,

    May 25, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    I don’t know if this is the kind that restaurants and fast-food joints will now be using in their preparation but if it’s anything like the old substances, we should beware. You know those “cooking fat bins” that are usually located outside of a place like 7-11? Turns out that the discarded fat from these places can run your diesel engine. That’s right! People are now stealing it because of the ridiculous price of fuel.

    Begs the question to most rational people — should we actually consider eating something that also runs vehicles??

  4. crabappleherbs said,

    June 1, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    Hi Sheri.

    You can make biodiesel out of any kind of fat — whether or not it’s healthy to eat.

  5. Dina said,

    February 21, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    yes, i try to avoid it as much as possible!

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