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The Trans Fat Ban: 5 Surprising Foods That Won't Change, 5 Foods That Probably Will

Last week, the FDA announced it's making the move to eliminate trans fats from processed food. The news comes after the administration announced it had determined that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer "generally recognized as safe" in foods. And after a 60-day comment period, get ready for a complete ban. There's no time table yet on how long food producers will have to phase out the harmful fats, but it seems change is inevitable.

But what does this mean exactly for some of your favorite snack foods? Well, here are some products you won't have to worry about changing as well as a few that we're pretty sure will never be the same again.

See also: Mexico May Pass a National Junk Food Tax

5 Products That Already Contain 0g Trans Fat per Serving:


Good news, one of America's favorite cookies already ditched the hydrogenated oils and thus, trans fat. In fact, Nabisco began working on reducing trans fats more than a decade ago after a lawsuit filled by a San Francisco lawyer. Even without trans fats, they're still super-addictive.

McDonald's french fries

Whether you noticed the switch or not, McDonald's fries have been fried in trans fat-free oil since 2008. Other fried items including hash browns, chicken, filet of fish, and biscuits also have had zero grams of trans fat per labeled serving for years.

Goldfish crackers

They might still be as heavy on sodium as a salt lick, but at least Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish crackers have been free of trans fats since 2004.


You've been getting your cheesy chip on sans hydrogenated oils since 2002. Other trans fat-free Frito-Lay products include Doritos, Tostitos, Lay's, and Ruffles. All are made using a trans fat-free corn oil.

Top Ramen

Starving college students everywhere will rejoice to know that their beloved Top Ramen noodles already contain zero trans fat per serving. The company voluntarily removed the fats long before the FDA made a move to force them to do so.

5 Products That Will Probably Never Be The Same Again:

Movie theater/microwaveable popcorn

Movie theater and microwavable popcorn tend to contain trans fat. Pop Secret Jumbo Pop Movie Theater Butter, for example, contains 5 grams per serving, while Jolly Time Blast o Butter Popcorn has 4 grams per serving. On the upside (or downside depending on how you look at it), companies might make up for the change by using more real butter. Paula Deen would be so proud.

Coffee creamer

Many products that contain cream in them also contain trans fats, though it's not true across the board. For example, International Delight creamers do not contain hydrogenated oils and are therefore already able to be labeled zero trans fats.

Ready-bake cookies

Hydrogenated oils extend a product's shelf life, so don't be surprised if your favorite type of take-and-bake cookies or cinnamon rolls tastes slightly different in the future. On the upside, Nestle's Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies? They already contain zero grams of trans fat.

Margarine products

Though margarine used to be considered better for you than butter, the sticks brands tend to contain hydrogenated oils. As an example, Walmart's Great Value Stick margarine has 3 grams per serving. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Parkay and Land O' Lakes are trans fat-free alternatives.

Canned frosting

Similarly to those ready-to-bake cookies, you might see changes in the frosting aisle. Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Chocolate Fudge Frosting contains 1.5 grams of trans fat per two teaspoon serving, while Betty Crocker's Whipped Fluffy White frosting also contains 1.5 grams per serving.

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