The Label Game – Trans Fats

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• According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, adult Americans on average consume     about 5.8 grams of Trans Fats per day. 
• Medical research shows that the daily intake of around 5 grams of Trans Fat per day is           associated with a 25% increase in the risk of heart disease.
• Trans Fats have also been linked to Cancer, Diabetes, Stroke and other life ending diseases.
• Trans Fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil.
• Trans Fats preserve and stabilize foods for longer self life putting more money in the manufactures fat pockets.

The Game

In 2006 the FDA enacted new labeling standards for Trans Fats, stating that they must be added to the nutrition label on foods. A victory for us, right?

Well, sort of. As usual, special interest groups and lobbyist had their hands in the mix and muddied the water.

You see, if there are less than .5 grams of Trans Fat per serving of your favorite, cookie, cracker, soup, cake, frozen food, etc. the label can show 0 Trans Fats!

While .5 grams doesn’t sound like much, if you eat 2000 calories per day, it is recommended that you consume no more than 2 grams of these heart stopping fats!

What to watch for

First, if it shows Trans Fats on the label, put it back on the shelf (where it can sit for a long time) and find an alternative product. This is how we as consumers can make a statement and demand change!

Second, even if it says 0 Trans Fat on the label read the ingredients and look for “Partially Hydrogenated Oil”. This is code for Trans Fat. Again, put it back and purchase from a company that cares about your health as much as their bottom line.

Check out this WebMD article on where to find Trans Fats:

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As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
Eric Soderlund
TruChoice Fitness & Nutrition

Fitness From The Inside Out


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