Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Skinny on Trans Fat

I was reading this article What the Heck is TRANS FAT and Why Does It Matter to Me? by Dr. Susan Mitchell and this really stands out to me...

"Most food products have a label called Nutrition Facts. In addition, there's an ingredient list with the items listed from most to least or in descending order. Now, check this out. Products with trans fat added have the words "partially hydrogenated" oil listed in the ingredients. Take a look at your labels. Do you see ZERO trans fat grams on the Nutrition Facts label but partially hydrogenated fat is listed in the ingredients? This is because the label laws allow for a food to contain .5 grams of trans fat per serving and still call it zero. Typically this small amount is not an issue but it can become a problem if a cookie has .5 grams per serving and you eat 6 or 7. You have just consumed 3+ grams of trans fat. It's worth the time to read the labels."

Yuck! READ your labels!

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