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You have to check the ingredients

Even though Congress passed the new labeling law which began enforcement in January 2006 you still have to check the ingredient list of the label to make sure there are no trans fats in the product.

Yes, I know that with the new law manufacturers are required to list the grams of trans fats on all food labels. But I also know that they can state zero grams of trans fats on the Nutrition Facts label if it contains less than 0.5 grams per serving of hydrogenated oil (and hence trans fats).

So, if there is 0.499 grams in a serving, they can label that as zero. Some manufactures round down to zero for nutrients which are found in less than 1.0 gram quantity per serving. Even 0.999...

The only way you truly know if there are trans fats in a product - new labels or not - is to look at the ingredients and see if there are any hydrogenated vegetable oils listed in the ingredient list of the product. And if so, assume the worse and count 1 gram per serving rather than the zero the manufacturer states.

If nothing else you are overestimating the amount your are eating and keeping your intake down.

Of course, one way to eliminate the worry is to skip or limit your processed food intake since they are the only foods manufactures include trans fats in.

Written by Dr. Sternlicht for www.jeffshealthclub.com on 1.27.06