We all know what the holiday meal looks like--the turkey and trimmings are seasonal staples this time of year. However, if the Food and Drug Administration has its way, your next piece of pumpkin pie will be trans fat-free.
“Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oils and completely man-made” cardiologist Paul Tucker said. “They’re not naturally occurring substances.”
The FDA is on a mission to take all trans fats out of all foods – that includes margarine, cake frostings, cake mixes, pie crust and other processed foods.
Tucker said trans fats don't do a body good even though the foods they're in can taste good.
“Our body doesn’t know what to do with it,” he said. “They end up raising our LDL, which is our bad cholesterol, and lowering your HDL. They tend to deposit in your artery walls easier than regular fats.”
Foods with trans fats, like margarine, do have a longer shelf life, but Tucker said when it comes to the holiday dinner, butter is better.
"I’d much rather see a stick of butter on the table to put on your roll than trans fats because we know how to metabolize butter," Tucker said. “The more we go back to traditional, natural, found-on-the-farm substances, the better off we’re going to be.”
For more on the FDA's plans to remove trans fats, go to www.FDA.gov.