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Trans Fat Label Confusion

Have you ever noticed that even though a label may say there are zero grams of trans fat, you see in the ingredients that there is some form of hydrogenated oils? How could this be?

The reasoning is simple. As of Jan. 1, 2006, the FDA required food companies to list trans fat content separately on the Nutrition Facts panel of all packaged foods. This way consumers can easily see how much trans fats are in the foods they choose. Awesome.

However, food and beverage companies only have to list the trans fat amounts if one serving has 0.5 gram or more. Therefore, we should be aware that just because we see zero trans fat on the label of the product, this does not mean that the product is trans free. Don't be too worried because while there may be a trace amount of trans fat in each serving, researchers have found that the amount of partially hydrogenated oil is so small that trans fat content is nutritionally insignificant, unless large amounts of the food are consumed.

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Allytta Allytta 9 years
i buy my food from Sainsbury's UK supermarket and they are quite frank about food labeling, and they put trace instead of 0 :)
katie225 katie225 10 years
i've heard that they haven't found a level of trans fat consumption that is healthy at all. so that 0.5 grams is small, sure, but it's still clogging your arteries. imagine all the trans fat that you're consuming when you eat foods labeled with 0 grams trans fat, when in reality they have 0.5 grams. i just read my labels and stay AWAY from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils altogether. or i'll make my own food (thanks yumsugar) so i know that what i'm eating doesn't have trans fats.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Butryfly, The rule applies for hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
What I don't understand is how the Ban is going to affect store-bought foods. You would think all these companies would try to get away from using them. Even Frito-Lay jumped on the bandwagon!! I made my kids Lego Eggos (hehe) last week - 2g PER SERVING! Also, almost everything I buy (Yes, I buy a lot of packaged foods) says zero, but lists PH oils. So...probably not too good. I was also wondering about FULLY hydrogenated oil...whatever I'm thinking of had zero grams listed, but had this ingredient.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
awww but if its so little, its fine right?? LOL
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 10 years
Tha'ts awful - a good reason to steer clear of mainstream packaged foods.
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