The FDA is moving to ban all trans fats in foods across the country. It’s probably a good thing for everybody’s health. But some of our favorite brands may never be the same again.

The FDA Trans Fat Ban: Gushers and the 25 Other Foods You Love that Will Never Be the Same

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After thirty-odd years of everyone knowing trans fats are bad for us, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed measures to ban all trans fats in our food. The move comes after decades of research finding consuming trans fat is strongly linked to heart disease and obesity. The ruling is just preliminary for now, but when (or if) it comes into effect (the timeline is kinda fuzzy), there will be some big changes on supermarket shelves.

It turns out a lot of our favorite treats are laden with the stuff, even though brands often claim otherwise. This is thanks to an egregious loophole that allows a product to be labeled "trans fat-free" if there’s less than 0.5 grams of the stuff per arbitrary “serving.” Right now, the best way to tell if a product contains trans fat is to check the ingredients: If there’s partially hydrogenated oil, there’s trans fat.

When the FDA ruling comes into effect, say goodbye to these brands (and plenty of others!) as you know them:


Ritz Crackers

Nabisco Saltine Crackers

Stoned Wheat Thins


Girl Scout Cookies

Chips Ahoy!

Nutter Butters

Pillsbury’s Ready to Bake Cookies

Breakfast Foods

Kellogg’s Froot Loops

Fruity Pebbles

General Mill’s Basic 4

Kellogg’s Corn Pops

Bisquick Original Pancakes


Microwave Popcorn

Orville Redenbacher’s Microwave Popcorn line

Frito-Lay Popcorn

Herr’s Popcorn

Jolly Time Popcorn

Pop Secret Popcorn

Fast Food

Most Burger King Burgers

Most McDonald’s Burgers

Many French Fries (excluding McDonald’s and Burger King)

Frozen Pizza

Totino's Frozen Pizza

DiGiorno Traditional Crust Pizza


Pillsbury Pie Crust

Sara Lee New York Cheesecake

Fruit Gushers

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Celeste Original Pizza contained trans fat. However, this brand has been trans fat-free since 2012.

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