Over the past few years, food companies scrambled to remove trans fat from as many of their products as possible (or, at the very least, get it below 0.5 grams per serving so the nutrition label can display a shopper-friendly, yet deceptive, zero.)
The folks at General Mills, however, took a different route with their Totino/Jeno’s line of frozen pizzas.
Three years ago, they tacked on additional trans fat to their product by replacing real cheese with a synthetic-and-real-cheese combo.
As a result, a single serve frozen “Crisp ‘n Tasty” cheese pizza packs in SIX grams of trans fat. The Supreme variety, meanwhile, contributes 4.5 grams of trans fat to your day.
Remember, trans fat guidelines call for as minimal consumption as possible (preferrably, zero grams a day). Looser guidelines cap daily intake at a mere two grams.
Food companies’ use of trans fat is not about improving taste (New York City fast food consumers were unable to tell a difference once the trans fat ban went into effect). It’s simply about cost reduction.