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      Wednesday, June 30, 2010

08:15 AM - 06/30/2010

The topic: Did you know…


That products labeled with zero transfat, might have some?  If the amount falls under a certain percentage, it can be labeled as “0 Transfat”. But guess what? 

Doesn’t mean there isn’t any.  Check the ingredients.  If there’s any sort of “hydrogenated oil”, it’s got transfat.  And the “advised limit” from the gummint is only two grams a day.  About twenty calories from transfat.  Not a big percentage of the 2000 calorie suggested daily allowance. 

Peanut butter has transfat.  Say that the amount of transfat is .49% per serving.  A serving is two tablespoons (not really that much, go look at a tablespoon).  So, you put four tablespoons on a piece of toast. There’s almost half of your daily allowance of transfat.

Same with margarine. From Shedd’s Country Crock website:

     Does Shedd’s Spread Country Crock® contain trans fats?

      The amount of trans fat contained in Shedd’s Spread Country Crock® Regular, Light and Calcium is less than 0.5 g per serving. Country Crock soft spreads are labeled as 0 g trans fat           because they contain an insignificant level of trans fat.

I checked the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” website and they don’t have the ingredients listed. Oh, yeah, they’ve got the percentage label, the part with the “0gm transfat” but no ingredients.  So, I did a little Google search and came up with this flikr page, where someone actually posted a picture of the label.

The labeling really should say < 1grm transfat.  Less than one gram. Because that 0 is misleading.  Four servings of a zero transfat product that’s made from any form of hydrogenated oil, will put you at your daily limit.  And if you’re watching your diet (like I’m starting to, not because I want to, believe me), it can make a difference to your health.

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