The artificial fat—invented to make deep-frying more convenient and baked goods more shelf-stable—has been linked repeatedly to heart disease. Its artery-clogging effects extend beyond your heart, however; reduced blood flow can impact everything from brain function to sexual function.
Municipalities like New York City and even retailers like Wal-Mart have taken action in an attempt to eliminate trans fats, but the artery-clogging ingredient—also called “partially hydrogenated oils”—still lurks in many popular foods. While the American Heart Association long ago urged people to get no more than 2 grams of trans fat a day, many supermarket and restaurant foods still feature up to four times as much.
Eat This, Not That! found some of the worst offenders:
Carrabba’s Calamari with Spicy Italian Peppers and Lemon Butter (regular size): 8 grams
Steak N Shake Sausage Gravy and Biscuits: 8 grams
A&W Large Breaded Onion Rings: 7 grams
Pop Secret Buttered Popcorn: 5 grams
Chillis Classic Ribeye: 4.5 grams fat
Marie Callendar’s Lattice Apple Pie: 3 grams
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit: 2.5 grams
Olive Garden Sicilian Cheesecake: 2 g