Trans fats are harmful. Most people in the creative class know it and avoid trans fats. What, in my experience, fewer of us know is that it turns up in smaller quantities in food that says it has 0g of trans fats. That’s right. If food has less than 0.5g of trans fats, they’re allowed by the FDA to say that it has 0g of trans fats.
Normally this might be understandable, but trans fats are unhealthy in any quantity. So avoid them. This article by Vintage Savoire Faire says it best:
If a product contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils of any kind, it contains trans fats. Don’t eat it.
Two brands that are accepted indulgences by many people who try to eat a healthy diet are Krispy Kreme and Snickers. These both contain hydrogenated oils, and therefore, small amounts of trans fats. Avoid!
But even if a particular product doesn’t have trans fats, do you really want to eat food from an industry that sneaks trans fats into their products? I don’t. I tend to buy a lot of produce, beans, oats, nuts, and seeds from Sprouts, Costco, and Whole Foods. It feels good to be buying real food instead of filth.