Are Food Labels Truthful About Trans Fats?

_nutrition_labelAs I research more and more about trans fats, I am astonished by what I find, or should I say didn't find on nutrition labels.   I discovered that there can be enough trans fats hiding in our food to exceed the recommended maximum daily limit of 1 to 2 grams per day. Keep in mind that zero grams of trans fats are ideal and as you increase your intake the risk of diabetes, heart disease,  and even some cancers also increase.

Most individuals who suffer from hypothyroid conditions also suffer from some degree of brain fog and cognitive problems so the issue of trans fats is also critically important. The trans fats that you consume becomes part of the brain's membrane and nervous tissue and the unnatural structure of these fats impair the function of the nerve signals and inter-cellular communication.

When trans fats become part of the cells and the nerve sheaths they replace vital brain fats, such as DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.  As a result,  the cells degenerate and an individual can experience a range of consequences, such as  diminished mental performance, mood disorders, memory loss, and other health issues..

So you you feel confident that you are performing your due diligence and reading your food labels?  Hmmm, think again. The FDA's current label regulations state:

When one serving of a product contains less than 0.5 grams of any nutrient (including trans fat), then the amount is considered nutritionally insignificant and can be expressed a “0 grams” on the Nutrition Facts label.

So in this instance, if a product contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, the manufacturer can state that their product contains "0 Trans Fats".  While this may seem insignificant, if you consume more than one serving in a sitting, or more than one serving of that food over time, it can really add up.  So, where are these trans fats hiding?   If you read the fine print on ingredients label, look for “partially hydrogenated” and “hydrogenated” oils which are highly used in packaged foods to increase shelf life. This includes many cookies, crackers, cakes, etc. If you find this, the product contains trans fats and the label is misleading!

Until manufacturers provide truthful labeling, avoid being deceived by their claims of “0 grams of trans fat per serving,” and follow these simple rules:

  • Inspect the nutrition label and ingredients list on food packaging 
  • When “partially hydrogenated” or “hydrogenated” appears beside an oil on the label, avoid this food completely
  • When  “fully hydrogenated” appear on the label, consider limiting consumption of this food product

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