What is Trans Fat?
Major Food Sources of Trans Fat for American Adults
(Average Daily Trans Fat Intake is 5.8 Grams or 2.6 Percent of Calories)
cakes, cookies, crackers, pies, bread, etc.
potato chips, corn chips, popcorn
Data based on FDA’s economic analysis for the final trans fatty acid labeling rule, "Trans Fatty Acids in Nutrition Labeling, Nutrient Content Claims, and Health Claims" (July 11, 2003)
Trans fats (also known as trans fatty acids) have gotten a bad name - and deservedly so. Trans fats are comparable to saturated fats in terms of heart-disease risk; they increase blood cholesterol levels in a manner similar to that of saturated fats.
Government agencies say we have a right to know if we're consuming trans fats. So according to a new law, food manufacturers are required to list foods' trans fat grams by January 2006. (You may notice some labels that already itemize trans fats, but you can bet those foods contain little if any.
For the time being, then, you won't know the amount of trans fats in many foods. There is one trick, however, that can help you identify trans fats: Read the ingredients list. If the terms "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" appear near the top of the list, the food is probably high in trans fats.
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