Heart healthy options have become a “top priority” in the food industry. “Zero trans fat” and “No Cholesterol” products fill the shelves of grocery stores across the United States.
But here’s a well-kept secret about these products…
Many of them DO contain trans fats and cause high cholesterol.
The Food and Drug Administration is the organization that regulates nutrition labels in the United States. Unfortunately, their standard for what can be labeled “zero trans fat” or “zero cholesterol” does not follow the literal sense of the words.
The FDA’s definition of a food without any trans fats is less than .5 grams per serving. This liberal rounding of numbers allows many food manufacturers to disguise their products as healthy choices.
As you can imagine, these low levels of undesirable ingredients add up, and many people are inadvertently eating more than their daily recommendations of trans fats.
Let’s say, for example, you find a brand of snack cookie that has a big, colorful banner on the package that proudly touts itself as “a zero trans fat food.”
Hypothetically, this product could contain .2 grams of man made trans fats, well below the FDA’s definition of a food containing none. You and many others eat away, blissfully unaware of what’s actually going into your body.
If you ate six servings of this cookie each day, you would have already consumed half of the American Heart Association’s recommended daily maximum for trans fats.
Even if these imposter products did possess the dietary numbers they claim, many of them would still have negative impacts on your health. Remember, you can’t believe everything you read … even on government regulated nutrition labels.