The FDA rules pertaining to the standards for labeling a product ‘0g Trans fat’ is very strict. The FDA states that foods that contain less than 0.5 g of Trans fat per serving must be labeled with “0 g” of Trans fat.
However researchers have found that people are consuming more Trans fat because of misleading food labels which maintains that the products contain 0% fat.
According to a study from the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, people could be consuming more Trans fat without being aware of it because of misleading labels. The researchers examined the 4,340 top selling packaged foods and 84% claimed that the products contained 0% fat. The study found that 9% of the products contained partially hydrogenated oils.
The Trans fat in these products varied in between traces to 0.5 g of trans fat per serving.
The researchers wrote in their study, published in the in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, “This labeling is cause for concern because consumers, seeing the 0 g Trans fat on the nutrition facts label, are probably unaware that they are consuming trans fat,”
Trans fat is a special type of fat which is formed by the hydrogenization of oil which turns the liquid oils into solid trans fats. The FDA has also determined that partially hydrogenated oils are not particularly safe for consummation. If the FDA makes a final determination, Trans fat would become an illegal food additive.
The researchers said “Our analysis demonstrates that industrial Trans fat is still common in U.S. packaged foods, particularly in some food categories,”
Trans fat is unhealthy and can precipitate heart disease, stroke and diabetes, studies have suggested. The food products which were examined in the study ranged from cookies, salad dressing and canned soup.