Food manufacturers can list 0 grams trans fat if the amount of trans fat is less than 0.5 g per serving. So, if you see "0 g trans fat" on the nutrition label, check the ingredient list. If "partially hydrogenated oil" is listed, the food contains a small amount of trans fat.
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Foods That Contain Trans Fat:
· Commercially Fried Foods
· Stick Margarines
· Vegetable Shortenings
· Commercially Baked Goods
· Crackers, Cookies, Chips
· Cake Mixes
· Salad Dressings
· Tortilla Shells
· Microwave Popcorn
· Peanut Butter
· Any Food Listing
Hydrogenated or Partially
Hydrogenated Oil in the
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Since January 1st, manufacturers are required to report trans fatty acid content on the Nutrition Facts panel. The revised label gives you information you can use to make good food choices that will reduce your risk of heart disease.
Trans fatty acids raise LDLthe "bad" cholesterol, and lower HDLthe "good" cholesterol, which leads to increased risks of coronary heart disease similar to the risks associated with high saturated fat intake.
What is trans fatty acid?
Trans fatty acid, or trans fat, is produced by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to make it more solid and less likely to turn rancid. Food companies add hydrogenated oils to many of their products because they help stabilize flavor and give the product a significantly longer shelf life. Trans fats are also found naturally in some foods such as meat and dairy products. This makes completely eliminating trans fat from your diet impractical. However, you should strive to limit trans fat from your diet.
How much trans fat
can I have?
I recommend as little as possible. At this time, there is no daily limit for trans fat. However, studies show that the average American eats between 5-6 grams of trans fat per day. A good rule of thumb for now is to eat less than that.
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