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Title : How to look for trans fat in a product Previous topic PreviousNext Next topic

Consumers were told to look for “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” in the ingredient statement before trans fat was listed on the label. Now that grams per serving are listed consumers have the necessary tool to determine if trans fat is in the product and also how much. Sometimes it can be confusing to mesh old and new advice. For instance, a product may have 0 grams of trans fat on the label and still contain some partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. The reason for this is that partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, depending on a variety of factors including how much it is hydrogenated, can contain varying amounts of trans fat and sometimes only a small amount will be used. The FDA says that if a product contains less than .5 grams per serving, it is considered nutritionally insignificant and therefore is rounded to zero. Another point: many people confuse the terms “hydrogenated” and “partially hydrogenated.” If a product contains “partially hydrogenated” oils then it will contain some amount of trans fat, but if a product contains “hydrogenated” oil it will contain no trans, only saturated fat.

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