A Call for Truth in Trans Fats Labeling

When you pick up a product that has been promoted as being free of trans fats, you could still be ingesting a significant amount of them. Misleading labeling practices can result in medically significant consumption of harmful trans fat.

Current law states that food with fat content of less .5 grams will be labeled as containing zero grams of fat. In other words, if a product has .49 grams of trans fat, the label can list the trans fat content as zero -- masking a significant amount of trans fat that can exceed recommended limits.

According to Eurekalert:

"Trans fat consumption has been linked to increased risk of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and sudden cardiac death. Because the daily recommended amount of trans fat from processed foods is only 1.11 grams, one would only need to consume a few deceptively labeled trans fat foods to exceed the healthy recommended intake."

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