The question is at the bottom, here's the background for it: Since learning of a major blockage in my carotid artery, I started doing some research and read that the main thing to avoid in diet is any food oils/fats labeled with the words "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated." So when I went shopping for the family today I went crazy looking at labels to see how much of what I normally buy contains these evil things. I shopped for all seven of us and bought enough food to last us around two weeks. There were 127 items. Without trying to buy anything different or out of the ordinary, I found that out of 127 items, only two contained that word and one was margarine, which is supposed to be less evil than butter...the other was a blueberry muffin mix, which is something we only make around once a month, maybe twice. I also looked at my commonly used oils. I have olive oil and grapeseed oil as my staples. I have vegetable oil, but it's mostly reserved for baked items. It kinda has me at a loss. I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes, cholesterol is fine, no drinking, no smoking (although that has been in the past) but yes, I'm overweight. However, lots of people my age are overweight, eat way worse, and don't have blocked arteries. I'll be curious to find out whether it's really caused by plaque or if it is a deformity in the artery because if I have this right, six of my younger siblings have heart deformities and one of my daughter's has a deformed artery. Other than that, how many here have had this issue and did NOT have a diet that included a lot of hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils?