Again — this excludes a few companies that petitioned for January 2021. Who knew petitioning was so effective? ): Improves bone, liver, eye, lung and oral health, Improves our absorption of fat soluble vitamins; A, D ,E and K, Protects against diseases such as dementia, Alzheimers and Parkinson. The offshoot of this composition is that this oil can play an important role in improving cardiovascular health. In the case of hydrogenation, you’re filling that table (or fatty acid backbone) with hydrogen. Partially Hydrogenated Oil, Good Fats vs. Bad Fats on the Ketogenic Diet, How to Test Ketone Levels Using Ketosis Strips and Other Tools, Ketogenic Diet Side Effects: 7 Signs That You’re In Ketosis, Keto Diet and Depression: How Ketosis Affects Mental Health, Adverse effects on cholesterol levels, with increased LDL, and decreased HDL, Increased coronary heart disease events (myocardial infarction), Breakfast cereals — not all of them, but the lower quality brands may have trans fat in small quantities, Pie crusts and pastries (often made with margarine). If you can’t find a compatible brand, like New Barn Unsweetened, the alternative is to make your own—but remember, no added sweetener! However, protein powder from approved ingredients like 100% egg white, 100% grass-fed collagen peptides, or 100% pea protein are allowed on the Whole30, provided they contain no sweeteners. Luckily, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has picked up on the fact that trans fats pose a potential threat to the health of consumers. But please, no processed date syrup. For this reason many companies refine the oil further than the processed mentioned above and the oil is no longer virgin. And the psychological impact of eating pancakes as part of your healthy eating, life-changing plan cannot be ignored. While the word “pea” is right in the name, these are also known as Garbanzo Beans, and are botanically a bean, not a pea. These inflammatory markers have strong associations with heart disease and the development of atherosclerotic plaques[*]. You guessed it — they cut down serving sizes to hide the trans fat. We explain why in It Starts With Food, but in summary, chia should be treated like any other nut and consumed in limited quantities. As mentioned, the palm kernel oil comes from the actual seeds of the fruit  instead of the flesh of the fruit. Instead, learn to appreciate the natural flavors of your foods, and don’t rely on sweet tastes to prop up sugar cravings. But remember, salt is an exception to the Whole30 “no added sugar” rules. There are a few Whole30 Approved partners that carry compatible bacon, including Naked Bacon, Pederson’s Natural Farms, and US Wellness Meats, If you are having trouble, check with your local natural foods store, or (even better) ask a local farmer or butcher shop. However, by January 2020, there should no longer be any products containing PHOs, and therefore trans fats, on store shelves[*]. Pay close attention to the foods mentioned below when looking out for trans fats: If you’re a margarine lover, it’s time to convert to good old-fashioned butter. Tip: We want you to spend a month learning to appreciate real food, how it tastes, the work it takes to prepare, and how it works in your body. Fries are the epitome of “food with no brakes,” and anything deep-fried in vegetable oil is a default unhealthy. Sometimes, we wonder if people really want to eat these things, or if they’re just trying to stump us. Luckily, most health-focused brands already avoid PHOs and trans fats. (Your email If you’re buying, avoid those brands with added sugar in the ingredients list. If you’re making it yourself, do what you can to ensure that the sugar is used by the bacteria (appropriate fermentation time). The forum is a great venue for these kinds of questions, but it can be a bit cumbersome to search, and as new people are joining every day, the same questions are asked over and over again. But remember, Whole30 guidelines exclude milk, cream, non-compatible milk substitutes, and added sweeteners—including stevia (more on that below). But pasta recreations that use alternative flours (like Trader Joe’s gnocchi) are specifically designed to replicate the taste, texture, and flavor of real pasta–and this is a “no” under the SWYPO rule. Even the really dark chocolate is still candy. Just read your labels carefully—sugar listed in the ingredients generally means that it was added after fermentation, and that’s a no-go. French’s Yellow is compatible, but beware your Dijon—it often contains white wine, which rules it out during your Whole30. This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Also, when researchers gave monkeys trans fats, the monkeys experienced increased insulin resistance, weight gain, and impaired glucose disposal[*]. (With some exceptions that won’t stop until 2021). Pancakes bring up a totally different psychological response than frying some eggs and eating a banana. While it’s not highly processed like its liquid or powdery cousins, the only purpose of stevia leaf is to sweeten something that was not already sweet. Now you have a dining table with some chairs that are turned around 180 degrees. Can the Ketogenic Diet Cause Depression? Promise. If you spend a lot of time chewing, but not eating, your body is going to get quite confused in its responses. Following the same logic as kombucha, we’re okay with water kefir. Reaching your health goals depends on committing to both the rules and the spirit and intention of the program.