Linked to high cholesterol and heart disease, trans fats aren’t exclusive to fried foods. Don’t want to get burned? Read this cheat sheet.

  • A product claiming “zero trans fats” may actually contain up to half a gram, according to FDA regulations.
     
  • To ensure you’re dodging even these small amounts, read ingredient lists: Trans fats appear under the guises “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” and “vegetable shortening.”
     
  • These ingredients also can indicate the product contains interesterified fats, the chemically altered fats often used as a trans fats replacement, which pose similar health risks.