Misleading labels may hide trans fat
Nutrition labels on packaged foods can be misleading when it comes to revealing how much trans fat is inside.
So says a new study by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after an analysis of more than 4,000 top-selling packaged foods. It found that almost one in 10 of the foods contained trans fat, but 84 percent of those foods claimed on their labels to have "0" grams of trans fat.
Trans fat is a specific type of fat that is formed when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into solid fats. The FDA determined that partially hydrogenated oils are not "generally recognized as safe" for consumption. People who consume trans fat may be at higher risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes,
The food products examined in the study ranged from cookies to salad dressing and canned soup. The researchers found that half of the foods in the potato chips category and 35 percent of cookies contained trans fat,