Grabbing a pastry for breakfast here and there might seem harmless, but they often contain traces of trans fat that definitely add up. “The category of on-the-go pastries like donuts, biscuits, and even a sweet roll Danish — all of those types of things are pretty high in trans fat because hydrogenated oil gives them that shelf-stability,” says Bonci, who explains baking with hydrogenated oil lets food stay fresh and creamy all day. And while most big chains, from Dunkin Donuts to Starbucks, have announced they’re trans-fat-free, pastries from delis with no nutrition labels could potentially have trans fat from primary ingredients like margarine or shortening. Also keep in mind that the FDA allows companies to round 0.5 grams of trans fat down to zero — meaning food can still contain trans fat even if it claims not to. To be sure, look for hydrogenated oil or “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredient list, and if there’s no label, ask. Your best bet of course, is to bring breakfast from home.
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