Transfats question and paleo diet

Answered on November 11, 2013
Created November 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I have loaded my information on Cronometer.com. It seems that I am high in transfats (.95). I normally have boiled egg (2-3) and slice of bacon each day, along with steak (4 oz) grilled and plenty of veggies and salads (olive oil). Is this transfat diet related and I should not worry about it showing up in the red zone? I am 48 female. I feel great.

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on November 11, 2013
at 08:07 PM

For how much we poo on transfats (and rightly so) they do occur in small amounts in nature. However, I have heard it said that accidental transfats (that is, naturally occurring transfats) tend to take on a certain molecular structure for which we have an enzyme that can break it down into something usable. Manufactured transfats do not have this same structure, thus our go-to enzyme does not work, thus all of the problems that you are no doubt familiar with.

I'm sorry to say that I cannot confirm this structure variance off the top of my head, though I am sure a quick Google search may shed some light on the matter!


As per Wikipedia we are looking at conjugated linoleic acid and vaccenic acid as natural sources of transfats. CLA can apparently be treated as either a transfat or a cis-fat. Vaccenic acid doesn't seem to have much research behind it. Honestly, I think you will be fine continuing as you are and not worrying about these.


on November 11, 2013
at 11:57 PM

Click on the individual food entries and see which ones are contributing the trans fat. If it's dairy, don't worry about it. The type of naturally occurring trans fat in dairy (trans-vaccenic acid) is not harmful. If it's from eggs, don't worry about it. Eggs probably don't actually contain trans-fat; this appears to be a fluke in the USDA listing that cronometer draws from. If it's from anything else, then you should probably cut down on whatever it is.



on November 11, 2013
at 09:05 PM

I think cronometer may be wrong...I looked around a bit and found a list of foods with trans fats. All of them are processed junk made with hydrogenated vegetable oils. There was not a single natural food on the list. I would not worry about it.

Here was the list I found:

  • Cookies, crackers, cakes, muffins, pie crusts, pizza dough, and breads such as hamburger buns
  • Some stick margarine and vegetable shortening
  • Pre-mixed cake mixes, pancake mixes, and chocolate drink mixes
  • Fried foods, including donuts, French fries, chicken nuggets, and hard taco shells
  • Snack foods, including chips, candy, and packaged or microwave popcorn
  • Frozen dinners


on November 11, 2013
at 08:18 PM

I noticed that cronometer says eggs have transfats but I think this is a mistake. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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