Zero Trans Fat or Not?
When you eat mostly fruits and vegetables, you don’t worry about trans fat. Last time I checked kale doesn’t come with partially hydrogenated oils, but some trans fat-free foods do! Stephanie Nano of the Associated Press reports that zero trans fat doesn't always mean zero:
Federal regulations allow food labels to say there's zero grams of trans fat as long as there's less than half a gram per serving. And many packages contain more than what's considered one serving.You’ve got to love loopholes—ridiculous. This article reminds me a lot of Jamba Juice’s idea of non-dairy.
"The problem is that often people eat a lot more than one serving," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Harvard School of Public Health. "In fact, many people eat two to three servings at a time."
Those small amounts of trans fat can add up, said Michael Jacobson of the consumer advocacy Center for Science in the Public Interest. To find out if there might be some trans fat, he said shoppers can check the list of ingredients to see if partially hydrogenated oil - the primary source of trans fat - is included.
"When it says zero grams, that means something different from no trans fat," said Jacobson. His group has urged the government to bar food producers from using any partially hydrogenated oils at all.
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