Trans Fat Trickery

women eating snacks high in trans fats like chips

Sneaky Food Manufacturers

As a health conscious consumer, you are probably aware that trans fats are unhealthy and take steps to avoid them, but did you know that the labeling laws are such that a product could be labelled “Trans Fat Free”, when in fact it contains about 2-3 grams of trans fat per serving?  The reason is that manufacturers can call a product trans fat free if it contains less than .5 grams per serving of trans fats, AND those sneaky manufacturers grossly underestimate a serving size in order to be able to make that claim.  For example, potato chips can be labelled as trans fat free because they contain less than .5 grams per serving, but the serving size the manufacturer is using is only about 1/6 the size of the serving that the consumer actually eats, so in fact you are getting 6 times that amount of trans fat or 3 grams per normal size serving.  Read labels carefully and take into account how much you would really eat per serving – who ever eats only 10 chips?

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