Trans Fats: Avoid Them in Restaurants (cont.)

She is concerned that food packages and restaurant menus boasting "zero trans fats" may end up misleading consumers.

"In the grocery store, read the labels, and in restaurants, ask a few questions to make sure the trans fats have not been replaced with unhealthy saturated fats," she says. "And also be mindful of portion sizes and calories."

A Healthier Lifestyle

Start learning where trans fats tend to lurk, so you can stay clear of these foods in restaurants. And when you go grocery shopping, be sure to read food labels to keep these artery-cloggers from finding their way into your cart.

It's also important to reduce your risk for heart disease and other chronic diseases by adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes:

  • Getting regular physical activity.
  • Limiting portion sizes, and saturated and trans fats.
  • Choosing lean meats, poultry, cold-water fish, and low-fat or non-fat dairy foods.
  • Enjoying plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.

Published March 7, 2007.

SOURCES: Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; director and senior scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University. Bonnie Taub-Dix, MS, RD, spokesperson, American Dietetic Association. U.S.D.A.'s 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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