That is an important of a healthy life, paying attention to diet and lifestyle; but unfortunately that is typically easier said than done. But the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently conducted an examination of food labels and found most of these labels were misleading.
In the study researchers looked at more than 4,000 labels on the containers of the best-selling packaged foods in the United States. While only 9 percent were labeled to contain partially hydrogenated oils (which is our primary source of trans fat), as much as 84 percent of those labels claimed that the product contained “0 gs” of trans fats.
The number “ZERO” is misleading. Most of the products examined had, at least, small traces of trans fat but Food and Drug Administration rules require that packaging list any amount less than 0.5 g as “0 g”.
Researches in the study, who published the study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, wrote “this labeling is cause for concern because consumers, seeing the 0 g trans fat on the nutrition facts label, are probably unaware that they are consuming trans fat.”
“What’s the big deal?” you might ask. It less than one-half percent!
Well, yes, that is true, it does seem like a negligible amount. But you should keep in mind that trans fat is a very specific type of fat that forms only when hydrogen is added to liquid oils which turns them into solid fats. The Food and Drug Administration has determined, at least tentatively, that partially hydrogenated oils are not exactly safe for human consumption.
Even a little is a lot when it comes to potentially dangerous substances.