Thanksgiving and Trans Fat

This year the news that Trans Fats will soon be banned from foods, hit us this week. What is it and why should we care?

In a word? synthetic. It is a man-made fat that seemed like a good idea when butter was too expensive to put in shelf-stable foods. Now we know that natural fats are definitely better for our hearts, aim to eat 1 gram or less Trans Fat a day! Olive, safflower, nut oil and avocado oils are great, but still 100-120 calories per tablespoon.

Where is Trans Fat found? Many food companies have already changed their recipes to reduce or eliminate it, but still check the ingredient list for the word ?Partially hydrogenated?. Some margarines, cookies, frozen fried foods and pie crusts may still contain it. Which leads us to the biggest pie eating day of the year-Thanksgiving!

My mom makes a really great apple pie, but the key is that we enjoy small portions of it. We also balance some of our heavier foods with lighter recipes?..which leads us to the recipe for:
Fresh and Zesty Cranberry Relish.


Frozen cranberries 1 Bag (1 kg) , rinsed in water (1 bag)
Orange 2 Medium , pitted, cut into chunks
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (to taste)
Cardamom 1/2 Teaspoon , freshly ground



1. In a food processor add all the ingredients and pulse till coarsely ground. Transfer into a dish.


2. Use this on turkeys or on any recipe of choice or store it in a jar in the refrigerator.


This can be made a few days ahead of Thanksgiving and stored.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Servings: 15

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 74Calories from Fat 1

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat %

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium %

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 11 g

Protein %

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet