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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How to Read a Food Label

Some food labels are complicated. If you look at the example of this seemingly harmless peanut butter, you will see it states that it has 0g Trans Fat. Is it so? It also lists such ingredients like hydrogenated oils, and mono diglycerides...

Here are the facts:

• Trans Fat is Hydrogenated Oil. Partially or fully hydrogenated, this oil is created to prolong shell life of products and it consists of trans fat. It brings bad cholesterol levels up and contributes to coronary artery disease. Interestingly, the label on the picture says "0% Cholesterol"

• Mono Diglyceride is a food additive and it is also another name for hydrogenated oil. It is also used to extend the shell life of products

• The FDA allows manufacturers to claim zero grams of trans fat as long as the product has less than 0.5 gram trans fats per serving. This number adds up depending on the products you consume.

• Eating more the 5 grams of trans fat per day can increase your risk of heart disease by 29 percent


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