Trans fat free: cinnamon rolls and cake mixes

I have a personal vendetta against trans fats, and have been known to go on rants about food manufacturers who label products “trans fat free” because their products contain less than 0.5 grams trans fats “per serving”. (info about trans fats and why they are bad). You have probably also heard me explain that you can always find out if there are really trans fats in your food by looking for the phrase “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” in the ingredients of your food. So, I am going to leave that part of the lecture out, for now.

After I became aware of the dangers of trans fats and adjusted my diet to avoid them, there were some things I had to simply stop eating. Two of these things were: store bought cake mixes (so, no more cupcakes at home), and refrigerated ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. For years there have simply been no companies making decent versions of these items, even at my beloved Whole Foods. I have to say that I’ve missed these things a lot.
Today I have great news! I have found versions of these products that are now truly trans-fat free! As in, no PHO’s at all! Here they are, and where to buy them. Guess what? They are both store brands!
Note: This post has been updated, Walmart no longer manufactures Great Value cake mixes.
  • Wal-Mart “Great Value” Cake mixes are without trans fats
  • Wal-Mart “Great Value” cake icing is without trans fats
  • Kroger brand Cinnamon Rolls are without trans fats
I have already written a thank-you note to Kroger for allowing me to eat “homemade” cinnamon rolls for breakfast again for the first time in many years. It’s a little harder for me to say thanks to Wal-Mart because I have other issues with them, but I am indeed grateful.
I’ll keep my eyes open for more trans-fat free items. If you see any, always feel free to let me know!

3 thoughts on “Trans fat free: cinnamon rolls and cake mixes”

  1. Wow, if my friends read your page they would swear i wrote it! because i have also have an intense hatered for trans fat! i go on rants about trans fat so much, that ALL my co- workers come up to me on break and ask me, “does this have trans fat?”
    your website is exactly what i was looking for thank you so much for puting up this page for people like you and me!!

  2. Oh and thank you soooo very much for the desert recipes!! i cant tell you how happy i will be to finally make my cake and eat it too!!!

  3. on the off chance you didnt know here are some yummy 100% PHO foods bisquick heart smart baking mix, Marie Calinder brownie mix and chocolate chip cookie mix, but beware her pot pies have plenty.
    of course the best stuff in the world SMART BALANCE!!

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