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Trans-Fat? But Wait, There’s More!

Shawn Stoffel

Shawn Stoffel

Shawn Stoffel, Writer, Photographer

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Trans-fat is considered by doctors to be the worst type of fat you can put into your body. But yet, you will find that trans-fat mysteriously finds its way into most of the foods you eat. Trans-fat is an engineered product that can cause problems because the human body cannot process it.

The mystery comes from looking at the label and reading its “Zero Trans-fat” content. Advice from Certified Health Coaches: look Again! But read the ingredients fully. If you read “Hydrogenated oil,” or “Partially Hydrogenated oil,” then it contains trans-fat. It is completely legal and a common practice for food manufacturers to enter “Zero Trans-fat” on the nutritional facts label, if that trans-fat level is less than .50 grams per serving. Now, think about this for a minute: if your favorite product had .49 grams of trans-fat per serving, the manufacturer never has to tell you about it in the “Nutrition Facts.” Also, if you have two servings, you put .98 grams of trans-fat into your body, where they don’t belong.  You must read the ingredients to be skilled at identifying trans-fats in your foods.

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